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F1 2012 standings (post Abu Dhabi GP)

CLICK HERE for the championship standings following this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - round 18 out of 20 in the 2012 FIA F1 World Championship

Despite starting from the pit-lane, Sebastian Vettel managed to limit the damage Fernando Alonso could do to his F1 world championship lead to just three points, joining the Spaniard on the podium, along with race winner Kimi Raikkonen.

Whilst Alonso ran in the top four all day, Vettel had to fight his was up from 23rd at the start - Pedro de la Rosa joined him in pit-lane after failing to make the formation lap - before finally getting the best of Jenson Button a couple of laps from home to secure third place.

The German now heads into the final two rounds, beginning with the first USGP in Austin, with a ten-point advantage over Alonso and 50 on the table.

Raikkonen's win tightened his grip on third in the standings, but ironically was not enough to stop the Finn from being ruled out of title contention. Lewis Hamilton, who looked the likely winner of the race in the opening 19 laps, was also eliminated from the championship battle, although his deficit to fourth-placed Mark Webber remains at two points after the Australian also failed to finish.

McLaren team-mate Jenson Button closed in on Hamilton after taking fourth place, and the pair head to Texas split by twelve points.

There were also additions to the tally for Pastor Maldonado, who extends his advantage over Williams team-mate Bruno Senna despite both featuring in the top ten, Kamui Kobayashi, Felipe Massa - who, along with Alonso, prevented Red Bull from clinching the constructors' crown -, Paul di Resta and Daniel Ricciardo.

In the teams' championship, Red Bull only needed to outscore Ferrari and McLaren by a single point but, while it managed to eliminate the latter with Vettel's pass on Button, the combined Ferrari haul kept the Scuderia in the hunt with a maximum of 86 points on the table in America and Brazil. RBR leads by 82 points....


Click here for the full championship standings following the F1 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.



Related Pictures

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Free Practice 3: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
Qualifying: Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
Free Practice 2: Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
07.09.2014 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
07.09.2014 - Race, Stefano Domenicali (ITA) and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
07.09.2014 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T retires from the race
07.09.2014 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T retires from the race
07.09.2014 - Race, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
07.09.2014 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
07.09.2014 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T retires from the race
07.09.2014 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T retires from the race
07.09.2014 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
07.09.2014 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
07.09.2014 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T retires from the race
07.09.2014 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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Taipan

November 04, 2012 3:44 PM

I sense we have many upset fanboys today, allow me to make it a little worse for you... Button has scored 5 more points than Lulu after 3 years together as team mates. No need to thank me, reality is a free service that I'm happy to provide.



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