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2013 Abu Dhabi Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: You're watching history. It may be boring, but it will be talked about years from now.

EVENT: It's an F1 event in every (modern) sense of the word -- glamour, girls, yachts, live entertainment, and international attendance. You would never know you are in a Muslim Middle Eastern country when at the Yas Marina Circuit, especially since none of the locals attend the race. The stands are filled with foreigners and tourists along with empty seats.

QUALIFYING: Webber gets his time just before Hamilton ended the session, Alonso is stunned while Massa moves to Q3, and Ricciardo continues to shine.

RACE: Let's see a show of hands who predicted Vettel would somehow get the lead and run away with the race. That's what we thought.

TRACK: Two consecutive DRS zones makes for plenty of action braking into Turn 11. Overall, a nice flowing track with rhythm even if passing is scarce.

START: Let's see a show of hands who predicted Webber would immediately and unequivocally throw away his hard earned pole position with yet another blown start. That's what we thought.

VETTEL: He's starting to make to look easy. Scary easy.

WEBBER: Mark's a great guy and a very, very good racer. But let's face it, he is being totally outclassed by Vettel. What that says about Webber and what that says about Vettel is up to you to decide.

RED BULL: Surprisingly, they haven't had too many one-two finishes this year.

ROSBERG: Nico gets back on the podium and looked very happy about it.

HAMILTON: Held up by Guiterrez's blocking tactics.

MERCEDES: Management overload appears to have cost them Brawn.

GROSJEAN: Romain was always lurking in the shadows.

RAIKKONEN: Kimi's failed first lap left Finnish fans' flags limp.

LOTUS: Must be pulling their proverbial hair out wondering whether Raikkonen will show up for a race. Then again, it would help if they actually pay him...

ALONSO: A wild bump to avoid a collision.

MASSA: His team messed Felipe's strategy up.

FERRARI: What are the chances Maranello is going to build a more competitive car next year?

BUTTON: Nice comeback after having to change his front wing.

HULKENBERG: The most aggressive driver on the track.

RICCIARDO: A dismal start. Perhaps practicing to take the Webber role at Red Bull...

SUTIL: A very strong race until his contretemps with Maldonado.

FIA: Both Red Bull drivers doing doughnuts after the race was a sweet middle finger to the Stewards.

ROSSI: Alexander wins his first GP2 race from pole after slipping to second at the start, biding his time, leapfrogging into the lead during the tire stop, and then holding off a fast closing Palmer.

DALY: Conor finished the GP3 season strong with a podium finish.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Scary.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 7 -- and counting...

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: He may be biased, but what Dr. Helmut Marko says is scary, "There's no doubt this has been his best season. But I do not see a peak. I do not see Vettel as a finished personality."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Niki Lauda has a point, "Vettel and Red Bull in this moment are unbeatable. It's the fault of their competitors for not being as strong as them."

SCHEDULE: Formula 1 returns to the "International Sports Event of the Year." Can the USGP and the Circuit of the Americas possibly top themselves?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 55
2. Webber 55
3. Rosberg 55
4. Grosjean 55
5. Alonso 55
6. di Resta 55
7. Hamilton 55
8. Massa 55
9. Perez 55
10. Sutil 55
11. Maldonado 55
12. Button 55
13. Gutierrez (R) 55
14. Hulkenberg 54
15. Bottas(R) 54
16. Ricciardo 54
17. Vergne 54
18. van der Garde(R) 54
19. Pic 54
20. Bianchi(R) 53
21. Chilton(R) 53
R Raikkonen 0

Time of Race
1:38:06.106

Margin of Victory
30.829 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel

Fastest Race Lap
Fernando Alonso

Pole Position
Mark Webber

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
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(R) 6
17. Maldonado 1

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 513
2. Mercedes 334
3. Ferrari 323
4. Lotus 297
5. McLaren 95
6. Force India 77
7. Sauber 45
8. Toro Rosso 32
9. Williams 1
 
 

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2016 Thoughts
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2015 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
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Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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