Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Standings, Post-Race Review

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 3, 2013

Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Standings, Post-Race Review

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    Sebastian Vettel's dominance over the Formula One field was further asserted with a seventh consecutive win in Abu Dhabi.

    The German could only muster a third-place finish at the Yas Marina circuit last season, but he managed to learn from past mistakes and take home the victory this time around.

    It was another fine outing for Red Bull too, as the manufacturer grabbed a one-two, with Mark Webber finishing in second and Nico Rosberg in third.

    With the title already in the bag, read on for all the results and fallout from this weekend's Abu Dhabi race.

The Race Weekend, Results

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    The Race Weekend On Bleacher Report

    Thursday—the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview

    Friday and Saturday—the story of practice and qualifying

    Sunday—the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live blog and report

    Results in Full, via Formula1.com:

     PositionNo. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points 
     1 1Sebastian Vettel Red Bull55 Winner25 
    2Mark Webber Red Bull 55  +30.8s18 
    Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 +33.6s  15 
    Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +34.8s 12 
    Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +67.1s10 10 
    14 Paul Di Resta Force India55 +78.1s 11 
    10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 +79.2s 
    Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +82.8s 
    Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 55 +91.1s 
    10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India 55 +93.2s 17 
    11 16 Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault 55 +95.9 14  
    12 5 Jenson Button  McLaren-Mercedes  + secs 12  
    13 12 Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari  + secs 16  
    14 11 Nico Hulkenberg  Sauber-Ferrari +  1 lap  
    15 17  Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault + 1 lap 15  
    16 19 Daniel Ricciardo  STR-Ferrari  + 1 lap  
    17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne  STR-Ferrari  + 1 lap 13  
    18 21  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 18  
    19 20 Charles Pic  Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 19  
    20 22 Jules Bianchi  Marussia-Cosworth  + 2 laps 21  
    21 23 Max Chilton   Marussia-Cosworth  + 2 laps 20  
    RET  Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault  + secs22  

Updated Driver Standings

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    Here is the drivers' title race after Singapore, round 17 of 19 this season (via Formula1.com): 

     Position DriverTeam Points
    1Sebastian Vettel Red Bull347
    Fernando Alonso Ferrari 217
    Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 183
    Lewis Hamilton Ferrari 175
    Mark Webber  Red Bull 166
    Nico Rosberg Mercedes159
    Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 114
    Felipe Massa Ferrari 106
    Jenson Button  McLaren-Mercedes 60
    10 Paul Di Resta Force India 48
    11 Nico Hulkenberg  Sauber-Ferrari 39
    12 Sergio Perez  McLaren Mercedes 35
    13 Adrian Putil Force India 29
    14Daniel Ricciardo  STR-Ferrari 19
    15 Jean-Eric Vergne  STR-Ferrari 13
    16 Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari 6
    17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1
    18  Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault  0
    19 Jules Bianchi  Marussia Cosworth 0
    20 Charles Pic  Caterham-Renault  0
    21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault0
    22Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 0

Updated Team Standings

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    Here are the updated team standings after Singapore (via Formula1.com):  

     PositionTeam Points 
    Red Bull513 
    Mercedes 334 
    Ferrari 323 
    Lotus-Renault 297 
    McLaren-Mercedes 95 
    Force India77 
    Sauber-Ferrari 45 
    10  Marussia Cosworth 
    11 Caterham-Renault0

Post-Race Reaction

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    Through the boos, hisses, trials and tribulations of these recent months, there simply doesn't seem to be anything that will deter the winning spirit of Sebastian Vettel.

    In contrast to other settings, the crowd seemed to genuinely appreciate the quality of their newest champions in Abu Dhabi.

    Vettel: "I was flying at some stages, at least it felt like it, some massive gaps, big surprise." #F1onNBC

    — F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) November 3, 2013

    Let’s be honest. On today’s pace, even with three reprimands and a ten place penalty, Vettel would still win. Bring on the donuts.

    — Will Buxton (@willbuxton) November 3, 2013

    At least for the moment, the Red Bull triumph also seemed to put some distance between Vettel, Webber and the ongoing notion of a gorge between the two.

    Sebastian Vettel shaking hands with Mark Webber in parc ferme at the end of the race #AbuDhabiGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/J4ewGn3oIk

    — Sebastian Vettel ™ (@sebvettelnews) November 3, 2013

    Sebastian Vettel wins yet again pic.twitter.com/f9HU3Q6GyQ

    — XPB Images F1 (@XPBImages) November 3, 2013

    The champion was rightly lauded for his seventh straight win in Abu Dhabi too, a feat not accomplished since the days of Michael Schumacher.

    SEVEN IN A ROW - Sebastian Vettel wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for his seventh successive victory. He becomes just the second man to do so.

    — Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) November 3, 2013

    Seven-up for Vettel. Vettel in seventh heaven (you get the idea). #F1

    — Graham Keilloh (@TalkingaboutF1) November 3, 2013

Winners in Abu Dhabi

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    Mark Webber

    Despite playing the role of Red Bull's No. 2 for a great deal of his tenure with the manufacturer, Mark Webber has, for the large part, handled his role in the team very well.

    A fifth podium finish of the season was a great way for the Australian to show that he still holds great value as a part of the Red Bull setup, handling his race with aplomb.

    Fernando Alonso

    Managing to come back from his 10th-place grid placement, Fernando Alonso showcased some extraordinary driving skills in Abu Dhabi, clawing his way to a fifth-place finish and bagging Ferrari 10 points.

    Those points are sure to keep the Spaniard's head above water in the driver standings, and Alonso turned what began as a fairly grisly day into an occasion warranting small celebration.

    Sebastian Vettel

    What more can be said of the man who has torn up tracks worldwide for the past four years and continues to do so on a very consistent basis?

    Some argue that Vettel's skill isn't tested to the fullest due to the fact that his car is superior to every other in the field, but the argument only lasts so long when you're dealing with a man who is clearly one of the sport's biggest talents. 

Losers in Abu Dhabi

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    Kimi Raikkonen

    Having to retire at the first corner thanks to alleged contact with another car, Kimi Raikkonen's Abu Dhabi venture finished at the earliest possible stage.

    It was a controversial decision, but considering the Finn was starting from the back of the grid, it's debatable as to what impact Raikkonen could have made.

    Lewis Hamilton

    For the sixth consecutive time, Lewis Hamilton failed to gain a place on the podium at Yas Marinas, again outshone by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

    Instead, the Briton was forced to settle for seventh spot, and even a place in the drivers' standings' top four looks questionable.