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    2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Race)

    Well, Rosberg is not going to finish this race.
    He hit Kartikhejan's HRT and went flying over it, ending in the barriers, causing a safety car situation.
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    And Raikkonen wins his first race this year!
    A very exiting last few laps, where Vettel passes Button to 3rd place, Alonso finishing 2nd.
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    Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel held on to his championship lead despite starting from the pit lane.
    Raikkonen inherited the lead when Lewis Hamilton's McLaren retired.
    Vettel fought back up through the field, benefited from a safety car period that wiped out early errors, to finish third behind title rival Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
    Alonso has narrowed Vettel's lead to 10 points with two races to go.


    In a thrilling, nail-biting, incident-packed race that belied the Yas Marina track's reputation, Hamilton initially looked set to take a dominant win.
    The McLaren driver led away from pole and, apart from a brief scare when he made a mistake while struggling to warm up his tyres in the early laps and had to fight off an attack from Raikkonen, appeared in control.
    Hamilton was in the region of half a second a lap quicker than Raikkonen behind him when his car ground to a halt on lap 20 of 55, continuing a dismal run of relaibilty from McLaren in recent races.
    That left Raikkonen in the lead, and he appeared in control, edging away from Alonso, who had passed Williams's Pastor Maldonado to take second place on the lap Hamilton retired.
    Meanwhile, Vettel had been working his way through the field after starting from the pit lane following his disqualification from qualifying for not having enough fuel in his car to provide a sample.
    The German damaged his front wing in a collision with Williams's Bruno Senna but that barely impeded his progress through the backmarkers.
    However, the safety car was then deployed following a frightening crash in which Nico Rosberg's Mercedes was launched over the back of Narain Karthikeyan's HRT.
    In the queue behind the safety car, Vettel misjudged the pace of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso behind him, had to take avoiding action and smashed into a trackside marker board.
    The impact wrecked his front wing but actually worked to his advantage, as it forced the German into the pits for a new wing and he put on a new set of fresh tyres.
    He made superb use of these in the next few laps, climbing through the field, making passes and benefiting from some lurid incidents between other drivers in front of him to climb up to seventh place by the time the leaders started to make their pit stops for fresh tyres.
    Those stops promoted Vettel to second place behind Raikkonen and Lotus believed Red Bull might be trying to get to the end of the race without stopping again.
    Instead, Vettel pitted again on lap 37 for another set of tyres, rejoining fourth about 15 seconds behind the lead group of Raikkonen, Alonso and McLaren's Jenson Button.
    Two laps later, an incident between Sauber's Sergio Perez, Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Red Bull's Mark Webber brought out the safety car again and wiped out Vettel's deficit.
    It set up a thrilling climax to the race.
    The race was restarted with 13 laps to go and as Raikkonen quickly built a three-second lead, Vettel immediately started to pressure Button for third.
    Button appeared to have the Red Bull under control but then Vettel made a final push and managed to pass Button for third around the outside into Turn 11 and then taking the inside into Turn 12 on lap 52.
    Meanwhile, with seven laps to go Alonso's Ferrari began to come alive and he started closing in on Raikkonen in the lead.
    Alonso got the lead down to a second but Raikkonen just held on.
    Maldonado took fifth ahead of Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi.
    Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Senna, Force India's Paul di Resta and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10.

    After 55 of 55 laps
    Position Driver Team
    Fastest lap: S Vettel 1:43.964 on lap 54
    1 Finland K Raikkonen Lotus
    2 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
    3 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
    4 Great Britain J Button McLaren
    5 Venezuela P Maldonado Williams
    6 Japan K Kobayashi Sauber
    7 Brazil F Massa Ferrari
    8 Brazil B Senna Williams
    9 Great Britain P Di Resta Force India
    10 Australia D Ricciardo Toro Rosso
    11 Germany M Schumacher Mercedes
    12 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
    13 Finland H Kovalainen Caterham
    14 Germany T Glock Marussia
    15 Mexico S Perez Sauber
    16 Russian Federation V Petrov Caterham
    17 Spain P de la Rosa HRT
    18 France C Pic (ret.) Marussia
    19 France R Grosjean Lotus
    20 Australia M Webber Red Bull
    21 Great Britain L Hamilton (ret.) McLaren
    22 India N Karthikeyan HRT
    23 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
    24 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India

    Position Driver Team Pts
    Last updated: Sunday, 4 November 2012 14:57 UK
    1 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 255
    2 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 245
    3 Finland K Raikkonen Lotus 198
    4 Australia M Webber Red Bull 167
    5 Great Britain L Hamilton McLaren 165
    6 Great Britain J Button McLaren 153
    7 Brazil F Massa Ferrari 95
    8 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 93
    9 France R Grosjean Lotus 90
    10 Mexico S Perez Sauber 66
    11 Japan K Kobayashi Sauber 58
    12 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 49
    13 Great Britain P Di Resta Force India 46
    14 Venezuela P Maldonado Williams 43
    15 Germany M Schumacher Mercedes 43
    16 Brazil B Senna Williams 30
    17 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 12
    18 Australia D Ricciardo Toro Rosso 10
    19 Germany T Glock Marussia 0
    20 Finland H Kovalainen Caterham 0
    21 Russian Federation V Petrov Caterham 0
    23 France C Pic Marussia 0
    24 India N Karthikeyan HRT 0
    25 Spain P de la Rosa HRT 0
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    Formula 1 2012: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher both fail to get points for Mercedes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Well this just seems to be a common theme, Mercedes gets no points and has a poor race. Call it bad luck if you want but it is happening far too often. Nico Rosberg did not finish the race due to an accident, unfortunate. Michael Schumacher did ok but failed to get any points finishing in 11th place. Sebastian Vettel surprisingly managed to finish in 3rd place fighting his way onto the podium after a penalty during qualifying forced him to start the race at the back of the grid.

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    Kimi Raikonen won the race, his first victory of the year so congratulations to him. Fernando Alonso finished in second making it a tighter race towards the end for the championship between him an Vettel. With two races remaining the finish will be interesting. The next race is the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on the 18th this month.

    2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX



    Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
    1 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 55 1:45:58.667 4 25
    2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +0.8 secs 6 18
    3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 55 +4.1 secs 24 15
    4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +7.7 secs 5 12
    5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 55 +13.0 secs 3 10
    6 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 55 +20.0 secs 15 8
    7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +22.8 secs 8 6
    8 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 55 +23.5 secs 14 4
    9 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +24.1 secs 12 2
    10 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 55 +27.4 secs 16 1
    11 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 +28.0 secs 13
    12 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 55 +34.9 secs 17
    13 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 +47.7 secs 18
    14 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +56.4 secs 21
    15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 55 +56.7 secs 11
    16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +64.5 secs 20
    17 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +71.7 secs 22
    Ret 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 41 Engine 19
    Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 37 Accident 9
    Ret 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 37 Accident 2
    Ret 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 19 Fuel pressure 1
    Ret 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 7 Accident 23
    Ret 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 7 Accident 7
    Ret 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 0 Accident 10

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