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2009 Abu Dhabi Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Good thing the championship didn't come down to this race as the final event. Good thing this race will not be the finale next season.

TRACK: Must be nice to have oil money.

EVENT: No matter how much money flowed through this event, we'll still take Interlagos, Silverstone, Spa, and Monza over Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Bahrain any day of the week.

QUALIFYING: Lewis Hamilton and McLaren made an early statement for next year.

RACE: A typical Tilke designed track type of race. I.E., boooooorrrrrrrring.

START: Another relatively clean start thanks to a nice wide open track.

VETTEL: Ended the season as strongly as Button started it. However, Sebastian made many more mistakes than the champion.

WEBBER: Unless his teammate is off the mark, Mark has no chance of beating him.

RED BULL: This not too long ago backmarker is firmly a frontrunner now.

BUTTON: Thank goodness Jenson was able to get racy again with his championship secured as his last laps battle with Webber provided the only excitement of the race.

BARRICHELLO: With all the bravado talk from Rubens, in the end he was unable to even grab second in the championship.

BRAWN GP: Not necessarily the icing on the cake they wanted, but they are still celebrating.

HEIDFELD: A strong statement by Nick while trying to secure some 2010 employment.

KOBAYASHI: Once again, Kamui must be making Glock very, very nervous.

TRULLI: Or is Jarno the one on Toyota who has to be nervous of his late season teammate?

RAIKKONEN: Not surprisingly, Kimi puts in a non inspiring performance for his final time in a Ferrari.

FERRARI: Their big battle for third place in the constructors standings with arch nemesis McLaren turned out to be a complete dud as neither scored a point in the finale.

ALONSO: Even Fernando couldn't get a falling Renault to do go fast.

GROSJEAN: While Romain was simply lost at Renault.

FISICHELLA: The embarrassment is finally over.

HAMILTON: He probably would not have won the race anyway, but Lewis' departure took any tension out of it.

ALGUERSUARI: They got rid of Bourdais for this guy?

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Lavish.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: $ -- Whatever amount you want to guess this facility cost.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: After two thrilling seasons in the championship fight, the final point differential is double digits (11) for the first time since 2006 when Alonso defeated Michael Schumacher, 134-121.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: The exchange between Vettel and Button during the post race press conference when Vettel said, "It's a shame now the season ends--" whereupon Button quickly interjected, "I'm happy," which prompted Vettel to come back with, "I know why."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Hamilton nails it: "It's called character, the history of the place. Money can't buy it."

SCHEDULE: Looking forward to North America's return to the 2010 calendar.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 55
2. Webber 55
3. Button 55
4. Barrichello 55
5. Heidfeld 55
6. Kobayashi(R) 55
7. Trulli 55
8. Buemi(R) 55
9. Rosberg 55
10. Kubica 55
11. Kovalainen 55
12. Raikkonen 55
13. Nakajima 55
14. Alonso 55
15. Liuzzi 55
16. Grosjean(R) 54
17. Fisichella 54
18. Sutil 54
R Hamilton 20
R Alguersuari(R) 18

Time of Race
1:33:03.314

Margin of Victory
17.857 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastian Vettel

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Button 95
2. Vettel 84
3. Barrichello 77
4. Webber 69.5
5. Hamilton 49
6. Raikkonen 48
7. Rosberg 34.5
8. Trulli 32.5
9. Alonso 26
10. Glock 24
11. Massa 22
  Kovalainen 22
13. Heidfeld 19
14. Kubica 17
15. Fisichella 8
16. Buemi(R) 6
17. Sutil 5
18. Kobayashi(R) 3
19. Bourdais 2

  Team Pts.
1. Brawn GP 172
2. Red Bull 153.5
3. McLaren 71
4. Ferrari 70
5. Toyota 59.5
6. Sauber 36
7. Williams 34.5
8. Renault 26
9. Force India 13
10. Toro Rosso 8
 
 

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