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GP Week : Issue 174
Kimi Raikkonen overcame an action-packed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take his maiden win since returning to Formula One at the beginning of the 2012 season. ‘Iceman’ Raikkonen used a superb launch to dispose of both Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber and Williams F1’s Pastor Maldonado for second place before Turn 1. The Finn attempted to pass pole- sitter Lewis Hamilton later in the lap but eventually inherited the lead from the Briton when he retired as his McLaren suffered a loss of fuel pressure on lap 20. A second safety car intervention closed up the pack, but Raikkonen pulled out a sizeable lead of around seven seconds over Fernando Alonso thereafter and maintained a comfortable gap to take the first win of his Formula One comeback, the 19th of his career and the first for the 48th for the Enstone-based team. “I’m very happy for the team, and for myself also,” said Raikkonen. “You never know what’s going to happen during the race; the safety cars made it quite tricky, but I’ve had similar races many, many times this year. “Today we had a clear circuit to be able to use our speed. Perhaps we were not the fastest at the end, but we were quick enough and consistent enough to win so it’s great for the team. “We’ve had some difficult races in the second half of the season so it’s fantastic to come back with a win." Kimi remains third in the Drivers’ standings and is now 47 points shy of second-placed Alonso with two races remaining and 50 points still up for grabs. ICEMAN IN CONTROL 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> U.A.E