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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Magnificent seven for Vettel as run goes on

Sebastian Vettel makes it seven wins in a row with a dominant performance under lights at Yas Marina
Sebastian Vettel extended his winning run to seven with arguably the most dominant victory of the season in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A week after wrapping up his fourth successive title in India, the German qualified second on the grid behind Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber but made a better start than the Australian to take the lead on the run to turn one.

With Webber also losing a place to the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in the second phase of the start, Vettel was able to seize his chance to break away from the chasing pack and had established a lead of nearly two seconds by the end of the opening lap as Rosberg held second.

While the Mercedes man was able to ease away from Webber in the opening stages, he couldn't keep pace with Vettel at the front, with the Red Bull able to go longer than his rivals before pitting for the first time.

Rejoining still in the lead, Vettel was comfortably clear of the field behind and would take the flag more than half a minute clear of his nearest rival.

It gave Vettel an eleventh victory of the season, with his seventh in a row taking him within two of Alberto Ascari's record of nine.



Although able to keep hold of second place through the opening stint, Rosberg came under increasing pressure from Webber once the pair had switched onto the medium compound tyre and the Australian was able to find a way through using DRS.

As those cars ahead of the road cycled through their pitstops, Webber found himself in second place behind Vettel but was never in a position to close on his team-mate, while Rosberg proved to be unable to challenge for a place on the second step of the podium as he took third.





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