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F1 Abu Dhabi: Dominant Sebastian Vettel crushes opposition (+results)

Mark Webber (Red Bull) beat teammate Sebastian Vettel, Saturday during qualifying ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But it didn't even take a race lap for the German to get back on top.

The four-time world champion overtook Webber going into the first turn of the grand prix, and went on to win by some 30 seconds over the Australian.

German Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) completed the podium, which will help its team in the fight for second place in the manufacturers' championship. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) finished fourth, just ahead of Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), who went from eighth to fifth in the last 11 laps with a late stop for soft tires.

This inspiring surge almost led to a crash with Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso).

To avoid contact while overtaking the Frenchman, Alonso had to drive over a kerb, and hurt his back. He would later be cleared to race in Austin after a trip the the nearby hospital. The stewards also cleared the two-time champion from any penalty for passing Vergne outside the track, because he had no other choice.

An inspired one-stop strategy helped Paul di Resta (Force India) score his best result since Bahrain, as the Scot crossed the line sixth. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Sergio Perez (McLaren) and Adrian Sutil (Force India) rounded out the top 10.

Kimi Raikkonen's exclusion from qualifying for failing the floor deflection test ruined his race, as he broke his Lotus E21 against Giedo van der Garde's Caterham going into the first corner at the back of the field.

Race results* – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit)
1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB9-Renault) - 55 laps 1.38'06"106
2 - Mark Webber (Red Bull RB9-Renault) - 30"829
3 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W04) - 33"650
4 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E21-Renault) - 34"802
5 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F138) - 1'07"181
6 - Paul Di Resta (Force India VJM06-Mercedes) - 1'18"174
7 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W04) - 1'19"267
8 - Felipe Massa (Ferrari F138) - 1'22"886
9 - Sergio Perez (McLaren MP4/28-Mercedes) - 1'31"198
10 - Adrian Sutil (Force India VJM06-Mercedes) - 1'33"257
11 - Pastor Maldonado (Williams FW35-Renault) - 1'35"989
12 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4/28-Mercedes) - 1'43"767
13 - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber C32-Ferrari) - 1'44"295
14 - Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber C32-Ferrari) - 1 lap
15 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW35-Renault) - 1 lap
16 - Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso STR8-Ferrari) - 1 lap
17 - Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso STR8-Ferrari) - 1 lap
18 - Giedo Van der Garde (Caterham CT03-Renault) - 1 lap
19 - Charles Pic (Caterham CT03-Renault) - 1 lap
20 - Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) - 2 laps
21 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) - 2 laps

Fastest lap of the race: 1'43"434 by Fernando Alonso

Retirements
Lap 1 - Kimi Raikkonen

Drivers' championship
1.Vettel 347; 2.Alonso 217; 3.Raikkonen 183; 4.Hamilton 175; 5.Webber 166;  6.Rosberg 159; 7.Grosjean 114; 8.Massa 106; 9.Button 60; 10.Di Resta 48; 11.Hulkenberg 39; 12.Perez 35; 13.Sutil 29; 14.Ricciardo 19; 15.Vergne 13; 16.Gutierrez 6; 17.Maldonado 1.

Constructors' championship
1.Red Bull-Renault 513; 2.Mercedes 334; 3.Ferrari 323; 4.Lotus-Renault 297; 5.McLaren-Mercedes 95; 6.Force India-Mercedes 77; 7.Sauber-Ferrari 45; 8.Toro Rosso-Ferrari 32; 9.Williams-Renault 1.

*Unofficial results