Kimi Raikkonen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after an action-packed race at the Yas Marina circuit.

The Lotus driver took the lead from pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, after the Brit was forced to retire with engine problems. It is his first win since the 2009 Belgian GP.

Hamilton had been favourite to take the chequered flag, with a committed drive putting him in a comfortable position, despite an early scare that saw Räikkönen challenging for the lead.


However, a fuel pump issue saw Hamilton's McLaren grind to a halt on lap 20 – yet another problem for the Woking team, which has battled reliability issues throughout the season.

Despite initially holding on to his third place on the grid, lap 20 also saw a slowing of pace from Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, causing him to concede position to both Fernando Alonso and Jensen Button.

Maldonado eventually finished fifth, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber.

Alonso pushed hard in the closing stages of the race to keep Raikkonen’s lead to under a second, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Finn from taking the top podium spot.

Sebastian Vettel delivered one of the highlight drives of the season, fighting from the back of the pack to take third position.

The Red Bull driver had been forced to start the race from the pit lane after being disqualified from Qualifying due to not having enough fuel on-board for officials to take a sample.

Despite two separate collisions, including one with Daniel Ricciardo, which saw him lose his front wing, Vettel quickly climbed up the standings, aided by a safety car period caused by a severe collision in which Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes launched over Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT.

The United States Grand Prix is next, and with Vettel now leading the championship by just ten points, Alonso will be hoping to close the gap before the season’s final race in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Top 10 drivers after 55 laps:

1.    Räikkönen – Lotus 1:45:58.6672.    Alonso – Ferrari + 0.852 sec3.    Vettel – Red Bull + 4.163 sec4.    Button – McLaren + 7.787 sec5.    Maldonado – Williams + 13.007 sec6.    Kobayashi – Sauber + 20.076 sec7.    Massa – Ferrari + 22.896 sec8.    Senna – Williams + 23.542 sec9.    Di Resta – Force India + 24.160 sec10.  Ricciardo – Torro Rosso + 27.463 sec

Daljinder Nagra