x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Flawless Sebastian Vettel wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel matched Michael Schumacher’s record for most successive wins in one Formula One season as he triumphed in the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel lead from start to finish to win in Abu Dhabi. Tom Gandolfini / AFP Photo
Quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel lead from start to finish to win in Abu Dhabi. Tom Gandolfini / AFP Photo

ABU DHABI // Sebastian Vettel matched Michael Schumacher’s record for most successive wins in one Formula One season as he triumphed in the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German, already been crowned world champion, led from start to finish after he took the lead from Red Bull Racing teammate Mark Webber at the first corner.

Webber came home second, ahead of the Mercedes-GP of Nico Rosberg and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

Fernando Alonso was fifth for Ferrari, but will be the subject of a post-race investigation for a passing move on Jean-Eric Vergne that saw him go off the track on the run down to Turn 5.

Paul di Resta was a surprise sixth for Force India on a one-stop strategy, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.

Kimi Raikkonen’s race for Lotus lasted one corner as he broke his front suspension on the rear of a Caterham.

The Finn had started from the back of the grid after being disqualified from qualifying for a technical infringement.

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