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HAVE YOUR SAY: Who sparkled in Abu Dhabi?

Who do you think put in the best performance at Yas Marina?
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi may be a twinkling jewel in F1's crown, but occasionally its majesty is matched by performances from those dwarfed by the impressive infrastructure.

The addition of DRS and KERS helped boost the overtaking rate at this year's race and, even though it wasn't a classic to match some of the others seen this year, it still managed to produce a few performances of note, from race winner Lewis Hamilton via pursuer-in-chief Fernando Alonso to the one-stopping Paul di Resta and come-from-behind Rubens Barrichello.

Below, we have chosen a few drivers who we think did a good job of shining through the darkness that enveloped the 55-lap race around Yas Marina, but we want to know who you deserves the spotlight - simply click on the 'Post your comments' link below...



Lewis Hamilton:
Taking full advantage of Sebastian Vettel's misfortune, the McLaren man controlled the race from the front to win for the first time since Germany in July. But, before anyone points to Lady Luck shining on Hamilton, remember that he led the weekend right through to the last seconds of qualifying, and was still emerging from the despair that has marked much of his season. An inspired, battling performance.


Fernando Alonso:
The Spaniard again surpassed the limits of his Ferrari, jumping both Mark Webber and Jenson Button with inspired moves on the opening lap to emerge as Hamilton's biggest threat. Alonso even reeled the McLaren driver in at one point but could not quite overhaul the man he warns his rivals to watch out for in pre-season testing and had to settle for an unexpected second.


Jenson Button:
Another podium finish for the man most likely to end the season as runner-up to Sebastian Vettel, but one that was hard-earned after losing the full potential of KERS mid-race. Although the system returned to life after many laps of resetting from the cockpit, Button had to overcome the lack of power boost and brake assist to combat Mark Webber's three-stop strategy and finish third.


Nico Rosberg:
Not able to run with Hamilton or Alonso, but a potential threat to Button, Webber and Massa until final stop. Also showed little respect to seven-time world champion team-mate Michael Schumacher on the opening lap, going wheel-to-wheel with the elder statesman before taking back fifth position.


Paul di Resta:
The only man to attempt the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on a one-stop strategy, the Scot kept his rivals at bay while making his harder Pirellis last to the half-way point before swapping to the faster options. Admitted the strategy may not have been the best, but added to team-mate Adrian Sutil's eighth place to all but secure sixth overall for Force India.


Rubens Barrichello:
Not the best of weekends for the veteran Brazilian, with engine problems in both FP1 and FP3 restricting him to the back of the grid after failing to get out in qualifying. Defied his starting position, Williams' relative lack of performance and rumours about being forced to call time on his F1 career to finish twelfth.



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hotlaps

November 14, 2011 10:07 AM

I reckon that Button must have been working away like a madman in that cockpit , trying to reset that KERS all the time, whilst also still having to actually drive the circuit and keep from being overtaken ( and on a KERS-friendly circuit) -so I'm gonna say Button was the sparkler. . .!

Liamm23

November 14, 2011 10:31 AM

Got to be Alonso. With Vettel out, Lewis was the obvious choice to win the grand prix, with his exceptional pace throughout the weekend. Certainly can't take it away from him, but Alonso had done nothing all weekend, and at one point was less than 3 seconds from the lead. Great drive.



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