by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 174
Things unravelled somewhat for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi; in the most unlikely of twists, championship leader Vettel was disqualified from qualifying for failing to provide a sufficient fuel sample. Starting from the pit-lane, the young German was initially ragged, but a major damage limitation operation and spectacular luck all came into play, helping him surge up to an impeccable third place. Webber was hampered by another KERS issue in FP2 but qualified as the best Red Bull in second. The Aussie lost ground at the start and eventually retired – his rear wing was dislodged and his right-rear wheel damaged in a clumsy four-way incident. Mercedes never really featured among the established front-runners; Rosberg completed one run in Q3 to line up seventh, but a collision with Grosjean’s Lotus on lap one forced him into the pits for a new front wing, before a spectacular high-speed collision with Karthikeyan’s ailing HRT sent him flying into the barriers at Turn 16 on lap nine. Schumacher would start the grand prix from a lowly 13th place but ran as high as eighth until lap 41, when a puncture forced him to make an unscheduled stop and prevented him from scoring points. Hamilton’s fondness for the Yas Marina circuit was evident when he went three-tenths quicker than everybody in FP1 and had around half a second in hand after only his first Q3 run to take pole. In the race, Hamilton held the initiative, despite locking up at Turn 8 on lap two, and pulled out a lead after an early safety car intervention, before retiring with an electrical failure on lap 20. Button was promoted to fifth on the grid after Vettel’s penalty and was on for a podium after passing Maldonado, but couldn’t keep third from a charging Vettel on Option tyres after the second of two safety cars. Raikkonen rewarded Lotus with its first race win of the season after so many near-misses. Grosjean and Raikkonen set the fifth and sixth fastest times in FP2 and were reportedly happy with their respective set-ups. Raikkonen was promoted to fourth as a result of Vettel’s disqualification from qualifying. He got a spectacular launch to despatch Webber and Maldonado for second at Turn 1 and inherited the lead when pole-sitter Hamilton retired on lap 20. Grosjean would start ninth but fell to the tail of the field after contact with Rosberg resulted in a puncture. The Frenchman’s race came to a premature end on lap 39 when a four-way fight ended with contact. Ferrari brought a major upgrade package and broke the curfew two days in succession in Abu Dhabi to help Alonso in his battle with Red Bull. The scarlet cars were still slightly off the pace, with Alonso going fourth on his final flyer of FP1 and sixth in qualifying. Vettel’s penalty provided Alonso with a superb opportunity to decrease his points deficit but he finished second, immediately ahead of title foe Vettel. Massa placed his Ferrari eighth on the grid and got as high as fifth until Red Bull’s Webber squeezed him onto the apex curb at Turn 13, causing him to spin. Force India was unsure where it stood relative to its rivals after free practice but felt it had more pace to find to challenge for the top ten in both qualifying and the race. Di Resta ran a brand new chassis after fundamental car issues were blamed for his three consecutive non-scores, but neither he nor Hulkenburg made it through to the top-ten shootout. Di Resta picked up a puncture away from the start but drove a determined race, using two safety cars to take valuable points for ninth place. From tenth on the grid, Hulkenburg’s race lasted until Turn 1 when he tagged Senna’s Williams. Red Bull Mercedes McLaren Lotus Ferrari Force India TEAM-BY-TEAM: ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> U.A.E