Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Standings, Post-Race Review
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
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:
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||55||Winner||2||25|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull||55||+30.8s||1||18|
|6||14||Paul Di Resta||Force India||55||+78.1s||11||8|
|10||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India||55||+93.2s||17||1|
|12||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||+ secs||12|
|13||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||+ secs||16|
|14||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||+ 1 lap||5|
|15||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||+ 1 lap||15|
|16||19||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||+ 1 lap||9|
|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||7||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus-Renault||+ secs||22|
Updated Driver Standings
Here is the drivers' title race after Singapore, round 17 of 19 this season (via Formula1.com):
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||347|
|5||Mark Webber||Red Bull||166|
|10||Paul Di Resta||Force India||48|
|12||Sergio Perez||McLaren Mercedes||35|
|13||Adrian Putil||Force India||29|
|19||Jules Bianchi||Marussia Cosworth||0|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||0|
|22||Max Chilton||Marussia Cosworth||0|
Updated Team Standings
Here are the updated team standings after Singapore (via Formula1.com):
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.