Vettel in 7th heaven after Abu Dhabi win
Posted Monday, November 4 2013 at 02:00
Yas Marina- Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to seal his seventh consecutive victory yesterday.
Vettel, already world champion, led every lap as he beat his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso enlivened the closing laps with a late charge to take fifth from Force India’s Paul Di Resta and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
By Press time the Spaniard is under investigation for passing by going off the track. Alonso’s late progress was one of a number of scraps through the race for the lower positions, but it all took place behind Vettel, who was in total control once he had beaten Webber into the first corner.
The Australian had beaten his team-mate to pole position on Saturday but Vettel made a slightly better start, led into the first corner and drove off into the distance.
“The car was absolutely brilliant. Not much more to say. Massive gaps, big surprise,” said Vettel. The next race is the United States Grand Prix on Nov 17.
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 347 pts
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 217
Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 183
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 175
Mark Webber (Red Bull) 166
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 159