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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November 14, 2010 6:14 PM

When Webber hit the wall with is right rear early on, there was a flash of fire (mag rim against ARMCO?). I wondered at the time if he suffered suspension damage, especially after his tires went off early.

I don't think Tilke understands the concept of passing and Bernie doesn't care if the money's right.

It was a good win for Red Bull who were willing to forego team orders even it it cost them the WDC. Made the win all the more sweet.


November 14, 2010 6:15 PM

Good to see Button back on form, or at least happy with the car. On raw pace he could have qualified 2nd yesterday and maybe finished 2nd today with an earlier stop. The 3 genuine guys ended up being able to celebrate honestly on the podium (that synchronised drinking pose was fun) and the bitching Alonso and whining Webber finally got something solid to bitch and whine about - and isn't Alonso a big baby when he loses it! What a shame that Massa did that thing in Germany, it didn't help today's result and has spoiled his game for the season. And congratulations to Petrov for his faultless defence against a Ferrari. Roll on 2011!

Alan D - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 6:26 PM

Yank: "I don't think Tilke understands the concept of passing"

I was thinking today that we were being unfair on Tilke. The track isn't challenging because of the huge run-off areas, but that's a safety issue rather than a racing issue. What really struck me though was just how short the braking area was at the end of that huge straight. Did we see anyone manage to overtake on the main straight?

Alan D - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 6:31 PM

Arcuid: "dang that was a scary crash"

Dang it was. Liuzzi's front wheel went so close to Schumacher's head. That could have been very nasty, and really nothing either driver could do about it. I'll bet Schuey was saying something a bit more colourful than Dang when he saw that car coming up towards him. Shame he didn't have his radio on at the time.


November 14, 2010 6:40 PM

Don't worry arcuid it won't be censored. I'm guessing you have never been to the MotGP threads. Big ups to Crash for allowing people to express themselves without overly sensitive eyes.

Mark _

November 14, 2010 6:45 PM

@ richard - sometimes team orders do have their place. Massa was never a contender and to be fair Alonso was faster in Germany. The use of team orders gave us a very exciting finish to the season. Given that even with team orders FA still didn't have enough points it shows that they were right to use them.

Nigel K

November 14, 2010 6:53 PM

Petrov just drove his race and no one expected him to move over for Alonso or Webber.
Webber had to pit early due to his touching the right rear tyre on the barrier early in the race, and Ferrari were once again supreme in their faulty tactics and stratgey decision to pit Alonso soon after Webber and got caught in traffic that had already pitted during the safey car excursion. Very silly of Ferrari indeed.

All in all Red Bull Racing wone both the CC and WDC fairly and squarely, and with five wins to his credit and ten pole positions this season, Sebastian Vettel deserved to win the WDC handsdown.

Welldone RBR and Seb Vettel.

Better luck next season Fernando.

See you all next season and the best of the Festive Season to all.

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