Vettel returns to the desert with bigger F1 lead
Abu Dhabi has been kind to Vettel in recent years. He won in 2009 as well as 2010 _ the latter race partly because of mistakes by Ferrari.
Webber came in on lap 11 to change from soft to hard tires and Ferrari, viewing Webber as the main threat for the title, chose to bring in Alonso four laps later to make sure he’d come back out in front of the Red Bull driver.
That put them behind a host of lesser-ranked drivers, led by Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg, who created a permanent road block to their title chances. With Alonso stuck behind Petrov, Red Bull’s Vettel clinched the title by winning the race.
Last year, Vettel had wrapped up the title and crashed on the opening lap in Abu Dhabi after a puncture to his right rear tire. He limped back to the pits, but the suspension of the car was too damaged to race.
Alonso couldn’t take advantage, finishing second behind McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.