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September 24, 2020

Formula One: Raikkonen claims Abu Dhabi GP

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel held on to his championship lead despite starting from the pit lane, BBC reports.Raikkonen inherited the lead when Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren retired. Vettel fought back up through the field, benefited from a safety car period that wiped out early errors, to finish third behind title rival Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.Alonso has narrowed Vettel’s lead to 10 points with two races to go.In a thrilling, nail-biting, incident-packed race that belied the Yas Marina track’s reputation, Hamilton initially looked set to take a dominant win.The McLaren driver led away from pole and, apart from a brief scare when he made a mistake while struggling to warm up his tyres in the early laps and had to fight off an attack from Raikkonen, appeared in control.Hamilton was in the region of half a second a lap quicker than Raikkonen behind him when his car ground to a halt on lap 20 of 55, continuing a dismal run of relaibilty from McLaren in recent races.

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