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Sebastian Vettel wins Abu Dhabi GP to capture F1 title

Abu Dhabi – Sebastian Vettel drove a masterful race on Sunday to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and lift his first Formula 1 world title. The 23-year-old Red Bull driver was third in the standings but led from pole and saw other results go his way to become the youngest ever champion, according to BBC Sports.


Ferrari’s championship leader Fernando Alonso came seventh, with Red Bull’s other title hope Mark Webber eighth. Lewis Hamilton, who had a slim title chance, finished second and his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button was third.


Alonso arrived at the Yas Marina Circuit as championship leader on 246 points, eight clear of Webber, 15 above Vettel and 24 ahead of of Hamilton.


There are 25 points for a win, 18 for second, 15 for third, 12 for fourth, 10 for fifth, eight for sixth, six for seventh, four for eighth, two for ninth and one for 10th. Of all the permutations that could have seen any of the four contenders emerge triumphant, the most simplistic involved Alonso – who needed a top-two finish to guarantee the title or a top-four placing unless Webber won.


The Spaniard started from third on the grid, behind Vettel and Hamilton and in front of Jenson Button and Webber.

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