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2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sunday, November 14, 2010
Warm, dry and sunny at the start. Night time at finish
Fastest Lap:
Hamilton, 1m41.274
United Arab Emirates
2010 season:

Three years ago Kimi Raikkonen went to the last Grand Prix (at Interlagos) as the long shot – the third favourite – in the World Championship, and won both race and title. On Sunday, in Abu Dhabi, Sebastian Vettel did the same thing, the youngest man in the sport’s history to take its biggest crown. Vettel did a copybook job with the fastest car in Formula 1, taking pole position, and essentially dominating the race. Lewis Hamilton, who himself had a slim chance of the championship, qualified second, and finished second, with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button at his heels. Thus, the last two World Champions joined the new one on the podium. Joy for Vettel and Red Bull then, but not much in the way of thrills for the spectators. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, sad to say, was the most boring race since the season-opener in Bahrain, primarily because the circuit layout effectively precludes racing. For countless laps Hamilton was trapped behind the Renault of Robert Kubica, while Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber, Vettel’s main challengers in the World Championship, had the frustration of staring – for 40 laps – at the back of Vitaly Petrov’s sister car.