F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview
Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel for becoming only the fourth man to win four driver championships and break a few more records to boot! With Red Bull also sealing their fourth consecutive constructor title, what else is left to play for?
India F1 Recap
The scene was set for a potentially fascinating race as although Vettel was on pole position yet again, the option tyre would not last more than a few laps and many of the top ten had qualified on the prime. Vettel pitted at the earliest opportunity to switch to primes and although this left him running near the back of the pack, he cut through it like a hot knife through butter to get him into a race winning position. Alonso also had a couple of collisions early on which meant pitting for a new nose and effectively clinching the title for Vettel no matter what happened. The title was sealed in style however with yet another flawless victory from Sebastian Vettel, he became the fourth driver to win four championships, the third to win four in a row and was the youngest driver to do both of those.
The person who could perhaps have taken the race victory away from Vettel in India was Romain Grosjean. Unfortunately Lotus decided they could get through Q1 using only the prime tyre but missed out narrowly meaning a starting position of seventeenth. Grosjean was able to work a one stop strategy however and finish the race with yet another podium.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview
Coming into the last three races of the season, Mercedes are now leading the race for second in the constructor championship and lead Ferrari by a mere four points with Lotus a further twenty-four points behind. Anything but second place will be seen as an absolute disaster for Ferrari and at the moment, they are probably the slowest of the three. Despite Rosberg’s second in India, Grosjean is undoubtedly the in form driver of the six and accompanied with Lotus’ advantage in tyre wear they will be hoping to make ground up.
Abu Dhabi is a track which hasn’t really gone down as special for either the drivers or the fans and historically produced dull races. 2012 was different however when we were treated to a fantastic race with multiple incidents, safety cars and numerous overtakes which saw Raikkonen take his first win of the season after Hamilton retired from the lead.
Usually Hamilton excels here with his late breaking style but as he still hasn’t found that confidence in the Mercedes, as he hasn’t been performing at his best recently it may be a struggle to get a decent result. Alonso will need a great performance to get his Ferrari back into the high points and after seeing Vettel clinch the championship with a win while not scoring himself, how much motivation will be have left for this season?
- Sebastian Vettel
- Mark Webber
- Romain Grosjean
- Nico Rosberg
- Lewis Hamilton
If Sebastian wins the remaining races of the season, he will equal Schumacher’s record of thirteen race victories in a season and no-one would be surprised at all if he managed that. The fight for the other teams is simply to now be the best of the rest as the Red Bull is just in a class of it’s own.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is live on Sky with highlights on the BBC, here are the times:
Qualifying – Green light – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 14:30
BBC 1 – 17:10 – 18:15 (highlights)
Race – Lights out – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 15:15
BBC 1 – 16:30 – 18:00 (highlights)
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