One-Two finish for Red Bull Racing at 2013 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber finished second to bring Red Bull Racing its third one-two finish of the season and its 15th overall. Rounding out the top three spots was Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg.
Sebastian's latest win was set up at the start. When Webber got away slowly from pole, Vettel leapt into the lead. Rosberg made a good start and also managed to pass Webber into the first corner. But Vettel was unstoppable as usual, and built up a three-second gap with the next best driver after just four laps.
From there Vettel continued to build a gap and when Webber managed to pass Rosberg on lap 19 to steal second place, Vettel’s lead was a staggering 27 seconds. In the end, the German would finish 30.8 seconds ahead of his Australian teammate.
Finishing in fourth place was Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, 34.8 seconds behind Vettel, and then it was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who crossed the line 67.1 seconds behind Vettel to take fifth place. The next five places went to Force India’s Paul di Resta, Mercedes AMG’s other driver Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s other driver Felipe Massa, McLaren’s Sergio Perez and Force India’s other driver Adrian Sutil who rounded out the top ten.
Unfortunately for Kimi Räikkönen, the Finn crashed into the rear of Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde on the opening lap and damaged his Lotus' right-front suspension, ending his race.
With his latest win, Sebastian Vettel’s points tally in the Drivers’ Championship extends to 347 points--130 more than Fernando Alonso in second. Kimi Räikkönen remains in third with 183 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing sits on 513 points, followed by Mercedes AMG in second with 334 points and Ferrari in third with 323 points.
Incredibly, there are still two races to go this season, so we could see further records fall if Vettel’s form continues unabated. Next up is the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas in a fortnight, and then it is the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix one week later.