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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Mark _

November 14, 2010 6:56 PM
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Despite two somewhat boring races this is a good track. If it were up to me I would get rid of the chicane where MS spun. Not only does it look bad it takes away a passing area at the hairpin. Plus it would be more likely that people would mess up the hairpin which would lead to more passing on the long straight. The final corner is also a little to narrow given the pit entry.

click061 - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 7:12 PM

No fault of the team in the race. The value of the pilots decided everything. Petrov was better than Alonso. Vettel is a true champion. Alonso is the real loser. Ferrari was wrong to hire him.

racy - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 9:24 PM

It goes to show once again that pole sitters on Tickle tracks almost always win. Good run Vettle and better yet good hold by Petrov. Lunch is over now folks and a new season begins. See ya in awhile..

theyank

November 14, 2010 9:37 PM

Alan D - I think Hamilton made a good pass at the end of the straight. The only other good pass I saw was by Kubica.

I'm sure there are constraints that we are not aware of. The new US track appears to be better than anything he has designed to date. Hope it turns out to be so.

Alan D - Unregistered

November 14, 2010 11:45 PM

Yank, I think you could be right. I think he came out behind Kubica and someone else, and passed the someone else before getting stuck behind Kubica. Can't remember who the someone else was. We did see Kasumi K try a few passing moves of course. He's such great entertainment value. Not sure if they stuck or not, but he has a go.

ibra - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 12:05 AM

-well, red bull did in fact finally gave team orders..., that move to have webber stop very early and sacrifice his race was genius, hoping alonso would follow him and get stuck behind petrov and rosberg in a track where it is very difficult to overtake...

-very surprising ferrari fell for it, they really threw the title away acting impulsively, without thinking. a really huge mistake.

-vettel deserved the championship, no doubt about it. he dominated the last 4 races

-too bad for webber, he would have deserved better team support imo in the last few races, i mean psychologically it must have been really tough for him, to be so close to the title, and still be treated with such "neutrality" from his team managers

Alan D - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 12:45 AM

Bra, I don't think having Webber pit early was sacrificing his race. Webber needed to finish ahead of Alonso. If he just sat behind Alonso until they'd both done 20 laps then it was unlikely he would jump the Ferrari in the put stop, so rolling the dice with an early pit looked like a good move. Remember the tyre data said the soft tyres wouldn't hold up past lap 20. The SC had stretched that estimate a little, but no-one expected the tyres to hold on for as long as they did. The real question is why didn't Ferrari leave Massa out, to try to get him up amongst the leaders where he could play some part in the race.

ibra - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 12:58 AM

webber's pit stop was a perfectly executed trap for alonso.

come on, they knew stopping so early they would end up behind rosberg and petrov who already stopped with the safety car, (and webber wouldn't have any chance left).

italian media are pretty pissed off at ferrari because they fell for it.

(if they wanted to try to make an early move which could end up favoring webber, they should have stopped him with the safety car)

Letdown - Unregistered

November 15, 2010 1:18 AM

This is an acceptable result even though I was rooting for an underdog/storybook ending with Webber on the top spot.
Seeing Al and Ferrari shut out is some consolation though. They deserved what they got.
Hopefully next year the other teams can close the gap to RB and we get closer on track battles.

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