Investigations by Pirelli have ruled out tyre failure as a cause for the puncture that ended Sebastian Vettel’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2011
The Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher each made up one place on their starting position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today, finishing sixth and seventh respectively.
Toro Rosso’s recent run of point scoring finishes came to an abrupt halt in Abu Dhabi today as Jaime Alguersuari finished fifteenth and Sebastien Buemi retired after just nineteen laps with a technical problem.
Lewis Hamilton described his victory in Abu Dhabi today as ‘just fantastic’ after he held off a challenge from Fernando Alonso to take victory in the Middle East.
Fernando Alonso was particularly happy this evening, and not just because he came second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix today. This result sees him complete his huge trophy collection with a podium at all of the circuits that have been on the F1 calendar over the past ten years.
The two Williams drivers made up a combined total of 21 places from their start positions in Abu Dhabi today, but failed to pick up points as Rubens Barrichello finished twelfth and Pastor Maldonado was fourteenth.
Red Bull failed to get either driver on the podium for the first time all season in Abu Dhabi today as Mark Webber could finish only fourth and Sebastian Vettel retired on the first lap after a sudden, unexplained puncture.
Force India secured six valuable points in Abu Dhabi today as Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta finished the penultimate race of the season in eighth and ninth place respectively.
Timo Glock was happy with his nineteenth place finish in Abu Dhabi today but Virgin Racing team-mate JÃ©rÃ´me Dâ€™Ambrosio was left questioning his luck after a brake problem forced him to retire on Lap 18.
Renault have now failed to score points in the last three grand prix after coming away from today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with only a thirteenth and a sixteenth place finish.
HRT have little to celebrate from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after Daniel Ricciardo retired three laps from the end with a broken alternator and Vitantonio Liuzzi finished last, over half a minute behind the rest of the field.
Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in seventeenth and eighteenth places today in a race Team Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne described as ‘solid’.
Pirelli are this evening working with Red Bull to understand what caused the first lap puncture that ultimately ended Sebastian Vettel’s race in Abu Dhabi.
Lewis Hamilton wins the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, finishing 8.4 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso with Jenson Button in third.
Lewis Hamilton scored his third victory of the 2011 season today in Abu Dhabi after world champion Sebastian Vettel retired on the first lap with a puncture.