F1 » Vettel victorious as title rivals tyre out

Sebastian Vettel led from the front to win both the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2010 F1 world championship as rivals Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber came up short.

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Alan D - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 1:28 AM

Ibra, yes, with hindsight maybe Red Bull should have pitted Webber under the Safety Car but when Rosberg pitted didn't you scratch your head and think it was a little early? Regardless of whether or not Webber would come out behind Rosberg, the issue was that he had to find a way past Alonso and sitting behind Alonso until Alonso pitted wasn't going to get the job done. Why try to turn it into a conspiracy theory?

ibra - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 5:48 AM

who said anything about a conspiracy theory against webber? i want to make it clear red bull was pretty SMART in giving that order so early to webber and make alonso fall into the trap. (at that point of the race vettel was pretty clearly the one with the better chance to win the championship). ferrari has won many championship thanks to strategy and team orders, this time they lost it :) cheers

Robbo - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 6:42 AM

As a Webber fan, I must reluctantly concede Vettel deserved the win. Ferrari need their heads read for trying to cover Webber when Alonso was in fourth and if he finished there, had the championship. Alonso goes further down in my estimate after he gave hand gestures to Petrov at the end of the race. Fernando, don't you understand, Petrov wasn't driving a ferrari and not all drivers must move over for you so you can win a contrived WDC.

MikeG - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 8:24 AM

What on earth were Ferrari thinking. There strategists need to be shot. Especially on a Tilke track where track position is everything. To pit knowing that they would come out behind Rosberg and Petrov was suicide.

jonnyg225 - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 9:37 AM

Clearly they need to do something about these stupid tracks where you can't overtake. If a top driver like Alonso, in a fast car, fighting for a championship can't even overtake a mid fielder all afternoon then its a procession, not a race. Never mind the great facilities.

Robbo - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 10:03 AM

Just a thought jonnyg225, but maybe they could look at the option an alternative right and left corner or left and right corner (a bit like you see it in cycling when they can go either side of a roundabout) which would stop slower cars effectively blocking the line on quicker cars. They use alternative bottom marks in some yacht racing events which can usefully stop blocking moves.

Harry - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 10:14 AM

Didn't Martin Brundle approve Alonso pitstop following Webber because the perception was the tyres were going off and all teams would have to stop - but when the sun went and the track cooled down Vettel Hammy and Buttons tyres came back to them.

Nigel K

November 15, 2010 12:26 PM

Ferrari once again lost the WDC for their prime driver due to their sheer lack of strategy and tactcis acumen. They lost it for Felipe Massa in favour of McLaren and Hamilton in 2007, and they have lost it once again this year for Fernando Alonso in favour of Seb Vettel and RBR.

All on all it was an exciting season. It goes to show also, that Adrian Newey is the very best F1 designer in the world. Full credits should also go to this man.

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