Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won his seventh race in a row with a dominant drive to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg took his second successive podium with third and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean continued his good form to take a strong fourth.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fought back from a poor qualifying to rescue fifth while Force India’s Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil both used a one-stop strategy to finish sixth and 10th respectively.
But who was your Driver of the Day?
Sealed his seventh successive victory with a stunning drive in Abu Dhabi. Passed team-mate Webber at the start and from then on, never really looked back. Built up a lead big enough to allow him to pit without losing the lead. Maintained that gap in the second stint and another smooth stop brought him out comfortably ahead of Webber. Crossed the line to take his 11th win of the season and 37th of his career. Remains on course to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a season.
An accomplished drive saw him take his second consecutive podium. Made a good getaway from third to pass pole-sitter Webber and run second for much of the early stint. Struggled to keep up with Vettel but had enough pace to ensure Webber couldn’t re-pass. In attempting to pass Di Resta, used all his KERS up, and that left him vulnerable to an attack from Webber, who sneaked past to take the place. Comfortably held onto third to ensure a good haul of points for his Mercedes team who retain an advantage over Ferrari in the battle for the constructors’.
Continued his good run of form with a strong drive to fourth. Made a good getaway from sixth, passing Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg to run fourth. Lost time after getting trapped behind Sutil, but showed good pace in the final part of the race to finish just four seconds behind second-placed Webber. Missed out on his fourth successive podium, but brought home another good points haul for Lotus.
Recovered from a poor qualifying to finish a strong fifth. Made a decent getaway but struggled to find a way past Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa in the early stages. Ran quite deep into the race in the first stint, which helped him gain track position. Put on the soft tyre at his second stop and then bravely kept his foot planted to the floor as he came out side-by-side with Jean-Eric Vergne to take seventh. Passed Hamilton and Di Resta in the closing stages to finish fifth. Passed fit after going to hospital following a big impact when he hit a kerb during the race.
Paul di Resta
Used a one-stop strategy to finish sixth for his ninth points finish of the season. Started 11th on the soft tyres and managed to get to lap 20 before stopping. Put on the medium tyres and carefully looked after the tyres to ensure he didn’t have to stop again. Couldn’t hold off Alonso, who was on the softs, in the closing stages, but did a stunning job to defend from Hamilton and take sixth.
Lasted 27 laps on the soft tyre to score a point after starting 17th. Made a good start on the medium tyres, keeping his nose clean and rising through the field as those who started on the softs pitted. Managed his tyres well to get to lap 28 where he put on the softs. Ran ninth in the closing stages before losing a place to Sergio Perez late on as he struggled with traction on soft tyres which ended up doing 27 laps.