Raikkonen stuns Alonso and Vettel with a dramatic victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen led the pack in front of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Yas Marina on Sunday. The evening was an enthralling affair between the top Formula One drivers.
Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is Lotus’ first victory in 2012. Fernando Alonso grabbed a couple of useful points from his second place finish. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is still first on the Championship table thanks to a third place finish. Sebastian Vettel now has a 10-point lead over Fernando Alonso.
Even though Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are favorites for the Championship title, mathematically Kimi Raikkonen is strong competitor in the Championship battle as well.
Fernando Alonso understands the importance of winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With just two races remaining in the Formula One calendar, Fernando Alonso needs to close in on the 10-point gap between him and Sebastian Vettel.
“I’m very happy, I think we were not super competitive this weekend,” Fernando Alonso said in his post-race press conference. “We started seventh, sixth at the end with Sebastian’s penalty so we have to fight all through the race, the first laps to do some good overtaking and then a very good strategy that gave us the ability to fight at the end for the victory.
“In the last couple of laps Kimi [Raikkonen] was a little bit slower, so we attack. But second, I think, was the maximum today, starting sixth, so a perfect Sunday again for us and we kept fighting until the end.”
Sebastian Vettel, who is gunning for his third consecutive Championship title, started from the end of the pit lane fought brilliantly for his third place finish. The young German understands that there is little room for error in the last two races of the season if he wants to celebrate with the Championship trophy in his hands.
“I think it’s still two races to go so obviously we see how quickly things can change,” Sebastian Vettel said. “Yesterday was a surprise for us, I think would we have started from third it would have been a different race. But yeah, it was obviously a chance to f**k it up and we didn’t do that.
“So I think we can be very proud today: we got the maximum. We lost only a very little bit, I think we have the momentum still, the car is bloody quick, so looking forward to the next two races. We are definitely believing in it and that’s the target.”