Abu Dhabi is the track where Sebastien Vettel clenched his first championship title last year. This year the track was not as kind to him. Despite a great start to the weekend by securing his 16th pole and tying Nigel Mansel for the record of most poles in a single season, Sebastien faced tough luck in the opening lap of the Abu Dhabi grand prix. Vettel got a great start over Lewis Hamilton but just a few turns later his right rear tire suddenly lost all air and nearly came off the rim causing a massive spin thus giving way to Lewis Hamilton to take over the lead. Lewis was followed by his teammate Jenson Button but for some reason Button could not hold on and both Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber were able to get around the former champ. Alonso put up a tough fight against Lewis and nearly grabbed the lead but botched chances of a win with a long pit stop. Webber would have taken third if not for an extremely late pit stop to make a required switch to hard tires which gave third back to Jenson Button and that was all she wrote. Lewis Hamilton earned himself a much deserved win, Fernando Alonso captured second, and Jenson Button took third spot on the podium.
All that is left for the Formula 1 crew now is to cap off the season with the final race in Brazil. How will Sebastien Vettle and Red Bull Racing fare in the hometown of Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello, Bruno Senna? Can Lewis carry the momentum of his win in Abu Dhabi and remain a force to be reckoned with? We’ll find out starting “black friday” when the Brazillian Grand Prix kicks off.
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