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2012 Abu Dhabi Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The points lead tightens up a bit, but somehow it still looks like a Vettel stranglehold.

EVENT: No champagne for the winner, a huge irony for this year's winner...

QUALIFYING: McLaren moves on top of the pecking order while Red Bull screws up a key measurement for Vettel.

RACE: Banging from start to finish.

TRACK: Who would have thought this track could produce such an exciting race?

START: Raikkonen's great jump ultimately provided him with the victory, Webber does his usual drop down, and the race long banging begins early.

RAIKKONEN: Kimi finally gets his victory after his return to F1. It was only a matter of time.

LOTUS: A well deserved victory, even if it isn't the real Lotus, nor even the Lotus of last year.

ALONSO: Once again, Fernando turns a struggling weekend into a second place finish.

FERRARI: All the change improved nothing on a day they could have gained so much more on Vettel and desperately needed to.

VETTEL: Starting from the pit lane then restarting from the back of the pack, this is the type of race which ultimately wins championships.

RED BULL: They didn't need to put themselves through such a headache.

HAMILTON: This is auto racing. Sometimes the driver who deserves to win doesn't.

BUTTON: Salvaged something for McLaren.

MALDONADO: Lost of KERS may have lost him his podium.

KOBYASHI: Much better than India, but it may not matter for employment next year.

MASSA: Has now moved up to seventh in the standings.

SCHUMACHER: Solidly out qualified by his teammate.

ROSBERG: A wild ride.

WEBBER: Too wild for his own good, even if Mark was ultimately taken out by someone else.

PEREZ: Since he got the McLaren ride, he's been driving worse and worse. Sergio took out a pair and kept going, but he couldn't take out the Stewards.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Fuel.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 8 -- The number of different winners this year.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Classic Kimi style, "For sure, we are going to have a good party tonight and after a long night we will remember why we feel like that."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Is Fernando Alonso providing bulletin material or rallying the Scuderia when he said, "I repeat, they have the quicker car, we have the better team."

SCHEDULE: Formula 1 returns to America. Will Austin shine or embarrass?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Raikkonen 55
2. Alonso 55
3. Vettel 55
4. Button 55
5. Maldonado 55
6. Kobayashi 55
7. Massa 55
8. Senna 55
9. di Resta 55
10. Ricciardo 55
11. Schumacher 55
12. Vergne(R) 55
13. Kovalainen 55
14. Glock 55
15. Perez 55
16. Petrov 55
17. de la Rosa 55
R Pic(R) 41
R Grosjean 37
R Webber 37
R Hamilton 19
R Karthikeyan 7
R Rosberg 7
R Hulkenberg 0

Time of Race
1:45:58.667

Margin of Victory
0.852 sec.

Safety Car
2 for 12 laps

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastian Vettel

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 255
2. Alonso 245
3. Raikkonen 198
4. Webber 167
5. Hamilton 165
6. Button 153
7. Massa 95
8. Rosberg 93
9. Grosjean 90
10. Perez 66
11. Kobayashi 58
12. Hulkenberg 49
13. di Resta 46
14. Schumacher 43
  Maldonado 43
16. Senna 30
17. Vergne(R) 12
18. Ricciardo 10

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 422
2. Ferrari 340
3. McLaren 318
4. Lotus 288
5. Mercedes 136
6. Sauber 124
7. Force India 95
8. Williams 73
9. Toro Rosso 22
 
 

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