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Red Bull star wins Abu Dhabi GP - and the championship - as Alonso struggles
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14 November 2010

Sebastian Vettel has become Formula One's youngest ever world champion by winning this afternoon's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Vettel dominated the race, leading from pole position and always looking in contention for the victory, even when the order was shaken up by pit-stops, a number of split strategies and an early safety car period introduced when Michael Schumacher's Mercedes was clouted by the Force India of Vitantonio Liuzzi.

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The young German's main title rivals - Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber - endured a race to forget after their soft-compound tyres grained badly, prompting early pit-stops for both. They spent almost half of the race behind Renault's Vitaly Petrov, who had switched from the soft tyre to the 'prime' during the safety car period.

Despite Alonso's best efforts, the Russian stayed ahead, frustrating the Spaniard's bid to become a three-times champion. He gesticulated to Petrov during the slowing-down lap - even though the pair had been racing for position throughout.

McLaren's strong pace in qualifying was transferred to the race, with Lewis Hamilton coming in second and Jenson Button - who stayed out for two thirds of the race on his soft tyres - finishing third.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, another early stopper, took fourth place, ahead of Robert Kubica, Petrov, Alonso and Webber. The result gave Vettel the title by just four points. At 23 years and 135 days, he eclipses Lewis Hamilton as the sport's youngest ever champ.

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3MOCIONA 15 November 2010

Re: Vettel wins F1 title

kdwilcox wrote:

Trocadero:

Sebastian is not faster than Fernando,his car is!,Vettel had a very good race

indeed and good luck to him,however,the Red Bull has been the best car

on the grid for quite some time,why did it take them so long to beat Alonso?

Then they only beat him because Ferrari made such a god almighty ***

up

I think to way Alonso acted at the end of the race was due to sheer frustration,

when he had calmed down he said,' i tried to pass him once and he was very

aggressive'.

'Thats the way it is,he drove very well and made no mistakes.' a fair comment.

All in all it has been a great season we can only hope next season is as good

if not better.

Very well said! Completely agree. Just wished most people would take that onboard instead of letting their heads run away!

TheOmegaMan 15 November 2010

Re: Vettel wins F1 title

Yes, congrats to Vettel.

As a McLaren fan I'm not entirely happy but definitely glad it wasn't Alonso winning!

I also wish Newey coulda made a car this good whilst at McLaren for 2006.

And what is with these new circuits? Acres of land and a blank sheet to start from and you get corners with no run-off going straight up against armco??? Awful.

RadeB 15 November 2010

Re: Vettel wins F1 title

One day after the race I still can't figured out how Ferrari missed this opportunity to win the drivers title,even with inferior car than RB! This would never happen if Todt and Brown were on the pit wall . Remember how many times Schumacher won just because of good strategy,although he was(is) brilliant to deliver all what they asked from him. It will be suprise if Domenicali keeps his job after this.

I'll burn publicly my Ferrari after this (toy) !

Bravo for Vettel and Red Bul!!!