14 Nov 2011 | Foreign News : United Arab Emirates
Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire from the race due to a rear wheel burst out in the first lap, thus resulting in an easy victory for Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Formula1 Grand Prix.
The last series of the Formula 1 race which took place at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, was a dreadful day for Vettel. Despite starting at the first pole position, ahead of Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) at second, Jenson Button at third, Mark Webber at fourth, and Fernando Alonso at fifth, the flat tire on his right rear side forced Vettel to retire from the race.
Due to Vettel's incident on the second lap, team Red Bull had to depend their victory hopes on Mark Webber to finish the 55-lap race. On the 15th lap, Mark Webber tried to overtake Jenson Button upon approaching a bend. Despite succeeding initially, it didn't last for long for him as Jenson managed to take back his position.
Not long after, Mark Webber made his first pit stop to change his tires. He couldn't maintain the fourth position due to spending too much time in the pit stop. As a result, he got separated from Jenson Button and dropped to sixth place behind Felipe Massa (Ferrari) who back at the pole started in the sixth position.
The fight intensified between Felipe Massa and Jenson Button in which they tried to get in front of each other as they entered a bend at the 28th lap and continued up to the 30th lap. Meanwhile, on the 43rd lap, Mark Webber could finally overtake Jenson Button and placed third. However, that too didn't last for long. A pit stop, this time taken at the 54th lap, became a determinant once again, and caused him to eventually finish fourth. Whereas at that time, Webber had only one lap to go.
Seeing Webber entering the pit stop, Jenson Button used the opportunity to steal some distance and managed to take the third position at the podium. The runner-up went to Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) who had to work really hard to earn it. That position was also obtained with the pit stop strategy, where for the second tire replacement, Alonso made the pit stop two laps after Hamilton, which enabled him to maintain a close gap between him and Lewis Hamilton who eventually won first place.
Making the top five racers are; Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Felipe Massa, while finishing at sixth was Nico Rosberg, followed by Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil Force, Paul Di Resta and Kamui Kobayashi to complete the top ten racers.
As for the championship standings, the top position is still held by Sebastian Vettel, followed by Jenson Button with 252 points, Fernando Alonso with 245 points, and Lewis Hamilton with 227 points.
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