Magic beans. Yes, it’s definitely got to be magic beans. What else can explain Vettel’s half a minute lead over 2nd place man Webber as he crossed the finish line to take the win?
The car in front is a Red Bull
Today’s Abu Dhabi grand prix was the sort of race where you absolutely do not envy the commentators. Sky commentator David Croft has never talked so slowly and with such a low pitch in his life.
Fan favourite Raikkonen was out on first lap, depriving the viewing public of what was hopefully going to be an exciting charge through the field AND some flamboyant team radio messages. Pole sitter Mark Webber had a so-so start off the grid but there was no stopping Vettel as he overtook his teammate almost straight away and then, well, just stayed there for the remainder of the race.
There was some “excitement” when the FOM graphics died repeatedly during the race. Eventful!
At the mid point of the race Massa made an advantageous move on Hamilton (who was busy dealing with Sutil). 8th place doesn’t really reflect what seemed to be a strong race for the Brazilian driver.
Perez did a good job of avoiding Hulkenberg in the pit lane as the Sauber team released their driver right into Perez’s path (cue a drive through penalty for Hulkenberg).
Sparkling grape juice. Yum
This is a moan free zone because, wait for it … it was actually a GOOD day for Paul di Resta as he took 6th place for Force India and called it an “awesome result”.
Button had yet another race to forget in 2013 after a first lap incident forced him into an early pit stop for a new front wing.
Vettel was certainly not resting on any laurels today – he was faultless and rightly celebrated with some doughnuts for the fans. Red Bull orchestrated a masterful 1-2 and Nico Rosberg completed the podium line-up.
“It was a bit boring to be honest”. You said it, Hamilton.
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||55||Winner||2||25|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||55||+30.8 secs||1||18|
|3||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||55||+33.6 secs||3||15|
|4||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||55||+34.8 secs||6||12|
|5||3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||55||+67.1 secs||10||10|
|6||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||55||+78.1 secs||11||8|
|7||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||55||+79.2 secs||4||6|
|8||4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||55||+82.8 secs||7||4|
|9||6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||55||+91.1 secs||8||2|
|10||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||55||+93.2 secs||17||1|
|11||16||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||55||+95.9 secs||14|
|12||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||55||+ secs||12|
|13||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||55||+ secs||16|
|14||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||54||+1 Lap||5|
|15||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||54||+1 Lap||15|
|16||19||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||54||+1 Lap||9|
|17||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||54||+1 Lap||13|
|18||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||54||+1 Lap||18|
|19||20||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||54||+1 Lap||19|
|20||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||53||+2 Laps||21|
|21||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||53||+2 Laps||20|