F1: Hamilton rules in Abu Dhabi

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Britain’s Lewis Hamilton finally had something to smile about after coming good at today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and gaining his first victory since July.

The McLaren Mercedes driver put his personal problems behind him, capitalizing on Sebastian Vettel’s misfortune on the first lap. After securing a record-equalling 14th pole of the season, the Red Bull driver saw his chances of a 12th victory of the year disappear- along with the air in his rear tyre, which saw him spin off as he headed into Turn Two. The resulting damaged suspension spelt the end of the race for the 2011 champion, with Hamilton and Button moving into first and second place – but only until lap two, when Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso became the meat in a McLaren sandwich. Button may have faired better but for recurring problems with his KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System).

Webber and Massa followed, with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher rounding off the top six after a dramatic battle between the Mercedes GP team-mates was won by the youthful German.

“It’s one of my best races. I said that to myself as I slowed down. Being able to hold one of best drivers in the world [Fernando Alonso] is something that is tough to do,” said a delighted Hamilton.

[Source: BBC F1]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qk5ytb2F1Y

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