World champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today, equaling Michael Schumacher’s seven consecutive wins in a Formula One season.
The victory emphasized Vettel’s dominance of Formula One a week after he clinched a fourth straight drivers’ title. His teammate Mark Webber was second today and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes came third in the 55-lap day-night race at the Yas Marina circuit.
Vettel, starting second on the grid, went past pole-sitter Webber at the start and never looked in danger of surrendering the lead, finishing more than 30 seconds ahead of his teammate.
Rosberg also got past Webber at the start but the Australian fought back to claim second spot.
Rosberg managed to overhaul Lotus’s Romain Grosjean to claim third place by the finish. Then came Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Paul Di Resta of Force India and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez of McLaren and Adrian Sutil of Force India rounded out the 10 scoring positions.
Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen lost ground on Alonso in the race for second place in the standings. He started last after being disqualified in qualifying and exited the race in the first lap with a broken suspension.
Vettel has 347 points, Alonso 217, Raikkonen 183 and Hamilton 175.
Red Bull has already clinched the constructors event for a fourth straight year. It has 513 points, with Mercedes on 334 and Ferrari 323.
Vettel, 26, last week became the youngest driver to win four straight drivers’ titles, a feat achieved previously by his German compatriot Schumacher and Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio. Vettel has won 11 of the 17 races so far this season, and has 37 career wins.
Schumacher achieved seven straight wins in the 2004 season.
The next event, the 18th on the 19-race calendar, is the U.S. Grand Prix at Austin on Nov. 17.
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