Sebastian Vettel dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday to claim his seventh Formula 1 victory in succession and equal the record for consecutive wins shared by Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher. It was the 37th victory of Vettel's career and his eleventh of the year.
Once again the German, who wrapped up his fourth world title on the trot at the previous event in India, was untouchable on race day, although team-mate Mark Webber pipped him to pole position on Saturday.
Nevertheless Vettel, who lined up second, out dragged his Red Bull Racing colleague on the run to the first corner of the race. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who qualified third, also nipped ahead of the disappointingly slow-starting Webber in the opening turns, while Lewis Hamilton slid back one place to fifth, losing out to Romain Grosjean.
Vettel charged clear in the early laps, building his now-customary lead, as Webber tried to find a way around Rosberg for second place.
A realistic opportunity didn't come his way until after they had made their first visits to the pits for fresh tyres. As Rosberg sought to find a way around the Force India of Paul di Resta, who was on a one-stop strategy, Webber was able to swoop around the Mercedes.
Up at the front, however, Vettel emphasised his dominance by opening up enough of a lead to enable him to make his second pit stop and rejoin still at the head of the field.
Grosjean ran a long middle stint and moved up to second position when Webber and Rosberg pitted for the second time. When he finally pitted on lap 38, the Franco-Swiss driver emerged side-by-side with Felipe Massa, and narrowly fended off the Brazilian, who came in for new tyres a lap later.