Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
After an eventful race, Lewis Hamilton stormed home to take the victory in the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
World Champion Sebastian Vettel was on his 14th Pole Position of the year; equalling Nigel Mansell's 1992 record, but fell foul to the Gods of fate when he retired with a punctured rear tyre on the first lap. Still, there were 23 other drivers on the track so there was a lot more action to come.
Hamilton led the race from that point until he crossed the line under the chequered flag, but there were plenty of battles behind him.
Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari pushed Hamilton hard for 55 laps but was never quite able to catch him during the race, while Button had issues with his KERS system. Abu Dhabi is an exciting race to watch, as the track goes into darkness part way through the racing, but drivers have criticised the track in the past for a dull uninspiring layout which doesn't encourage overtaking.
"I feel fantastic, I really feel that it was one of my best races and I said that to myself as I slowed down [after the race]," Hamilton said. "Just being able to hold off one of the best drivers in the world throughout the race is something that is very, very tough to do - just looking after the tyres and managing the gaps. Obviously the team did a fantastic job in the pit stops … but I'm ecstatic and really very happy to be back up here. This is great, I can get on my flight tonight and smile."
Only one race remains in the 2011 season, but many have lost interest given that Vettel won the Championship a few races ago. Brazil is sure to be a thrilling race as it always is, we look forward to seeing how the rest of the Driver's Championship works out. Currently Alonso is only 10 points behind Button, so there's everything left to fight for second and third spot. The Manufacturer's Championship is all done now, with Red Bull Racing taking the top spot, followed by McLaren and Ferrari.
Full Abu Dhabi 2011 race results:
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