VETTEL VICTORIOUS IN ABU DHABI
2013 world champion Sebastian Vettel scored a crushing win in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading every single lap to finish 30secs ahead of team-mate Mark Webber. It was the seventh victory in a row for the German, the third 1-2 for the team this season and the 50th win for the Renault RS27 engine. Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean finished fourth, making it three Renault-powered cars in the top four.
Poleman Webber lost out to Vettel and Rosberg on the start, allowing Vettel to build up a comfortable lead, which he maintained throughout the race. Webber moved past Rosberg on lap 20, from which point on the Red Bull duo pulled out a considerable lead.
Williams F1 Team were yet again within touching distance of the top 10. Pastor Maldonado finished in 11th, less than 3secs behind tenth placed Adrian Sutil. Valtteri Bottas raced in the top 10 in the early part of the race but finished 15th at the flag fall.
Caterham F1 Team was caught in an intense inter-team-mate battle, with Giedo van der Garde keeping the advantage to finish 18th ahead of Charles Pic.
Kimi Raikkonen – who had started from P22 following his disqualification yesterday – was an early casualty. The Finn had contact with a Caterham in the first corner that broke his front suspension and he retired after just two corners.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing has 513 points with Mercedes second with 334, Ferrari third with 323 and Lotus F1 Team fourth with 297 points.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
Congratulations to all at Red Bull today for a perfect result and one we are very pleased to have contributed to. Seb summed it up perfectly on the podium – Red Bull and Renault are a great partnership. After winning the championships in India it’s fantastic to be able to experience even further success, particularly at the end of this V8 engine era. The win has taken us to 50 wins with the RS27 engine, though naturally we would like to get a couple more for the tally!
Lotus had a strong performance with Romain today and were very close to the podium yet again, while Williams were just outside the points for the second race in a row. We are edging closer all the time and Austin and Interlagos have been good to us in the past, so we’ll take this confidence forward and hope for a strong result across all our teams to end the season well.