Nov 05

Abu Dhabi GP – F1 2013

Jean-Eric Vergne - ActionThe weekly German sporting report, also known as Formula 1, continued last weekend at the Abu Dhabi GP with predictable results.  F1 news has been a little repetitive of late and that trend continued at the amazing Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.  Hit the jump for some amazing photos and a little trivia about Formula 1 records.

Sebastian Vettel - ActionAt this point it is impossible for even Vettel’s detractors to argue that we are now in the Vettel era.  Like his German forebear and hero, Micheal Schumacher, Vettel’s time in F1 will be marked by his utter domination of all aspects of the sport.  From laps lead to poles set, not to mention race wins and world championships Vettel is now head and shoulders above his contemporaries.

Cementing his status as an F1 legend, Vettel took yet another win at the Yas Marina circuit.  Victory at the Abu Dhabi GP means that Vettel is now tied with Micheal Schumacher for most consecutive F1 races wins and potentially he could tie Alberto Ascari’s record of 9 consecutive wins.  A record that has stood since 1954.  With the US GP and the Brazilian GP left on the calendar, 2013 could be a year when F1 history is made all the way until the end of the season.

ABU_SUN_Webber_134With a gap of over 30 seconds to his second place teammate Mark Webber, Vettel’s position was never threatened during what was a relatively uneventful Abu Dhabi GP.  Webber once again showed good pace and he was able to bring the car home without incident, a rare occurrence of late.  His hard charging but fair driving style will be missed next year.

_ONY9449Behind Webber, in third, was once again Nico Rosberg, proving that maybe Lewis Hamilton isn’t as great as he thinks he is.  Rosberg has, in my opinion, has done a much better job than Hamilton this year. If not for his two retirements to Hamilton’s one and the very poor 19th place finish at Hungary Nico would be battling for third place in the Driver’s Championshiop, right alongside Lewis.

ABU_Grosjean_0116Lotus struggled during the weekend with Kimi being relegated to the back to the field due to a technical violation.  Both Lotus drivers showed good pace and looked to be in position to score a lot of constructor’s points.  It wasn’t to be however as Kimi suffered steering failure on a bumpy and contact ridden first lap.  Grosjean went onto finish just off the podium, to keep Lotus numerically in the fight for third in the constructors championship.

Sebastian Vettel - ActionAs for the rest of the field there were an number of mid field battles but to my eyes it looked like many of the teams and drivers were simply going through the motions.  With most of the positions in the constructors championship sewn up teams are already focusing on their 2014 efforts and the dramatic changes that are taking place next year.

ABU_Alonso_0114The Ferrari’s had an exciting race during most of the Abu Dhabi GP.  Alonso and Massa spent much of the race battling with each other.  It’s always fun to watch teammates go at it on the track.  Even with a close call that sent his Ferrari soaring off of a kerb Alonso was able to stay ahead of his teammate and finish 5th.

_ONY9385With the only the US GP and the Brazilian GP left to run the season is rapidly winding down.  Personally, I think it is a case for saving the best for last as both of those tracks are amazing and have provided some exciting racing in the past.

We’ll be back in two weeks for a recap of what is bound to be a great race in Austin and as always I leave you with a gallery of exceptional photos from the Abu Dhabi GP.

For all the official results from the Abu Dhabi GP check out the fancy official F1 website.