Alonso keeps the leader leading
Meanwhile, the determined Alonso pushed Räikkönen for
his lead all the way. But the Lotus driver held on, and on, to
take a dramatic first place.
Alonso finished in second place and his championship rival
Vettel in third. So Vettel held on to his championship lead
despite his disadvantage in starting from the pit lane – but
Alonso has now narrowed the gap to just ten 10 points, with
two races to go.
Venezuela’s Pastor Maldonado finished fifth ahead of Kamui
Kobayashi from the Sauber team. Completing the impressive
top ten line-up in this challenging race were Ferrari's Felipe
Massa, Bruno Senna of Williams, Force India's Paul di Resta
and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo.
Fans await the championship result with excitement – but for
now, it was Räikkönen’s day.
One of the most memorable events of the race was when the
Finn was heard remonstrating with his team on the radio,
saying, “Leave me alone – I know what I’m doing.” The
words were certainly tough, but many of the personally
successful spectators at the Yas Marina circuit would have
admired such determination and self-confidence.
That self-confidence is particularly impressive taking into
account the track records of both Lotus and Räikkönen. It is
181
races since Lotus last won (when Ayrton Senna was the
victor in America in 1987) and two years since Räikkönen
himself last won a race in Belgium, in 2009. To win after such
a lengthy drought requires passion, determination and drive
qualities that Räikkönen displayed in abundance.
Spectators were delighted at Kimi Räikkönen’s spectacular
victory – and they celebrated in style at the amazing events
you can read about elsewhere in this section.
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S I M P LY A B U DH A B I
Scuderia Ferrari
Bernie Ecclestone &ChristianHorner – TeamPrincipal RedBull Racing
Lewis Hamilton – TeamMclarenMercedes & Father Anthony Hamilton