Vettel wins 7th straight in Abu Dhabi
Predicted by AR1.com that he would be the greatest F1 driver of all-time three years ago, Sebastian Vettel certainly is making that prediction come true.
Vettel dominated the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in his Red Bull-Renault today leading every lap for his 7th straight win in winning by over 30-seconds.
His teammate Mark Webber who started on pole, was beaten by Vettel into Turn 1 at the start and never sniffed the lead again. He finished second.
Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes was third.
At the start Vettel put together his now customary mind-blowing first lap to go 1.9 seconds clear. The competition was already demoralized. Race over.
While Vettel pulled away up front, Webber gradually fell away from Rosberg and was soon under pressure from the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.
Webber recovered from his poor performance before his first tire change by chasing Rosberg down once they were both on the medium-compound Pirellis and sweeping round the outside of the Mercedes on lap 20.
Rosberg kept the second Red Bull in sight, but did not have the pace to seriously challenge Webber and they finished 2nd and 3rd.
It was the 15th 1-2 finish for the young Red Bull team and the win is Vettel's eleventh of the 2013 season and 38th career win. Since AR1.com published this article showing how statistically F1 has never seen anyone like Vettel, he has won four more times. Amazing.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a controversial overtaking on Jean-Eric Vergne during Sunday evening's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Having assessed the relevant data and telemetry, the stewards opted against handing out a post-race drive-through, which would have equated to 25 seconds.
"You have to leave a space when you have a car alongside," Alonso had explained to reporters after the race. "He didn't give space and I had to go outside of the track."
Felipe Massa finished eighth in the sister Ferrari, although the Maranello-based squad slipped to 11 points behind Mercedes in the battle for second position.
Massa claimed Ferrari's tactical error cost him a top five finish in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Brazilian, who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the year, said he was amazed when the Italian team switched him to a new set of medium compound tires for the final 17 laps, instead of fitting soft tires.
"We made a mistake," he said. "I didn't expect to use the medium compound in the last stint.
"I didn't discuss it (with the team beforehand) because for me it was clear. We were going to go on the softs. It's better, at the beginning I was the best car on the soft tire.
"I expected to see the soft tires on the car and I saw the other. Without this problem I would have finished easy in the top five."
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 2nd
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