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Vettel storms to Abu Dhabi victory

In the final race for the team, Nick Heidfeld secured a solid fifth for BMW Sauber ahead of the Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, with the Japanese rookie again impressive as he snared sixth. Running on a one-stop strategy, Kobayashi ran as high as third during the race and again found himself battling on track with Button as he fought his way ahead of the champion when Button exited the pits ahead of the Toyota following his first stop. Although his pace dropped off when he went to the softer Bridgestone tyres for his second stint, sixth was still a fine result for the former GP2 racer as he looks to secure a race seat for 2010.

Jarno Trulli was seventh in what could well be his swansong with Toyota, while Sebastien Buemi completed the top eight for Toro Rosso after an impressive drive – jumping ahead of Nico Rosberg at the final stops as the Williams' driver ended his time with the Grove-based outfit in ninth. Robert Kubica completed the top ten for BMW Sauber, having impressed early on after battling ahead of Trulli to remain in touch with the front-runners through his first stint before dropping back as the race wore on. A spin while battling with Buemi after the final stops also cost him the chance to end his BMW career with a top eight finish.

Heikki Kovalainen was eleventh in the second McLaren but despite the team failing to score, it was still able to secure third in the constructors' championship as Kimi Raikkonen followed him home in twelfth – leaving Ferrari also pointless from the weekend as Giancarlo Fisichella trailed in down in 16th after another below-par performance and a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

Elsewhere, Kazuki Nakajima was 13th while Fernando Alonso could only manage 14th on his final outing for Renault, ahead of Tonio Liuzzi's Force India. Adrian Sutil and Romain Grosjean completed the 18 finishers, with Hamilton and Alguersuari the only people not to make it to the finish.

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RMedia

November 01, 2009 4:39 PM
Last Edited 1782 days ago

Sorry to say I am losing faith on all these multi-billion pound new F1 venues. Another bore-fest in terms of racing and I can see where all this is going. Bernie is basicallty using F1 revenue to generate such rich people's playground so they can have this wonderful place and for their own inter-migling PR stunts to attrract more wealth amongst them selves. F1 used to be something we could hitch-hike to or have an interesting rough and ready journy to get to, camp on even! Now days its looking more and more like something us mortals can never attend. They could have built 10 Spas with change spare on that budget... RIP to people's F1.

V - Unregistered

November 01, 2009 4:20 PM

The traditional circuits have far more character than this horible circuit. It's completely lifeless and wouldn't look out of place on the moon.



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