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Kimi's first victory of the season: 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

by Niharika Ghorpade Photos: DPPI Posted on November 4, 2012 23:49 IST 1,180 Views

The 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix turned out to be the most action packed race of the season with a fantastic comeback by Kimi Raikkonen,followed by Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel


2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winners,L-R:Fernando
Alonso, Kimi Raikkonnen,and Sebastian Vettel


Lotus Formula one, driver Kimi Raikkonnen wins the thrilling 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina Circuit, grabbing his first maiden victory of the season and the nineteenth of his career. He was followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in 2nd and Red Bull Racing driver, and championship leader, Sebastian Vettel in third, all three world champions.


This grand prix is Team Lotus’ first podium win after Ayrton Senna’s win in the Lotus’ at the US Grand Prix in 1987. It was the grand prix that finally proved that nothing can be predicted in Formula One. The highlight of the race was Kimi Raikkonen’s flawless driving that not only brought a few Ayrton Senna memories back, but also defined the Finn’s own comeback into Formula One.


To start off, on this grand prix, it has been the most thrilling Grand Prix of the season not only keeping the championship ball game ticking on to the next race, but also reducing the championship lead between Alonso and Vettel to only ten points. 


Qualifying saw Vettel qualify third, but Vettel’s car was under investigation by stewards for extra fuel in the car and was therefore asked to stop on track during qualifying and had to start the race from the pit lane rather than P3 where he qualified to be.


Stewards were however unable to extract the one-lite of extra fuel from Vettel’s car, which resulted in him stopping in the qualifying, as a result of Renault’s decision. Nevertheless, Red Bull made sure the German was given a new gearbox, new gear ratios and new suspension settings in a bid to help him fight through the race, which eventually helped him secure a P3, despite starting last.


As the red lights went off, the race witnessed Mclaren driver and pole-taker, Lewis Hamilton in lead followed by Kimi Raikkonnen who had jumped into second by then, followed by Maldonado and Webber.


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