Lewis Hamilton has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina race circuit. On team radio after crossing the finishing line, he said:
“Thanks guys, mega mega job as always. I want to dedicate this one to my mum, Happy Birthday.”
Alonso was a comfortable second and Button inherited third place after Webber opted for a final lap pit stop.
The final positions were as follows:
- Lewis Hamilton
- Fernando Alonso
- Jenson Button
- Mark Webber
- Felipe Massa
Sebastian Vettel retired early in the race with tyre puncture. Webber was caught by a poor pit stop and his team then opted for a three stop strategy, only using the hard tyres on the very last lap. Di Resta used a novel strategy of hard tyres first with only one stop. Button was without KERS until lap 32, nobly defending his position for a place on the podium.
Maldonado incurred two stewards penalties for ignoring blue flags. Likewise, Senna had to serve a drive through penalty for ignoring the blue flag, not allowing the leaders to pass.