Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in Formula One’s season finale in Abu Dhabi, securing second place in the driver’s championship as a result.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton led the race at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit until the first round of pit stops but he had to retire soon after with a rear brake problem.
Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber held off Jenson Button’s late challenge to take second. Button’s third place was only his second podium finish in the last ten races.
Button’s team mate Rubens Barrichello finished fourth ahead of BMW’s Nick Heidfeld, while rookie Kamui Kobayashi took an impressive sixth in his Toyota.
Classified results after 55 laps:
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault2. Webber Red Bull-Renault3. Button Brawn-Mercedes4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes5. Heidfeld BMW Sauber6. Kobayashi Toyota7. Trulli Toyota8. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari9. Rosberg Williams-Toyot10. Kubica BMW Sauber11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes12. Raikkonen Ferrari13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota14. Alonso Renault15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes16. Grosjean Renault17. Fisichella Ferrari18. Sutil Force India-Mercedes
Hamilton McLaren-MercedesAlguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari