• 2011 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Mercedes GP Report - Hamillton Finishes on Top, Rosberg 6th and Schumacher 7th

      The Mercedes GP team started the race with aggressive battle on their first lap. On the exit of the first corner, Nico ran wide which allowed Michael to pass him, but Nico never gave up and passed him after a brief wheel to wheel battle. After that Nico never looked back and finished the race 23 seconds ahead of his older team mate in sixth place. After being passed by Rosberg, Schumacher also fell to Force India's Sutil, but managed to pass him in the pits, to finish behind his teammate.

      The big story of the race was Vettel's retirement. At the start of the race, Vettel was firmly in control going into the first corner, but on the exit and going into turn two, Vettel's rear tire blew sending him into the run off area. He managed to nurse his car into the pits, but the damage to the car was too much and had to retire.

      Hamilton, took advantage right away and immediately put a decent gap between him and a hard charging Alonso, who overtook Webber on the first corner and then Button on the straight. Alonso tried to give it everything but Hamilton always answered back. In the end it was Hamilton seeing the checker flag first, claiming his third win of the season.

      Button managed to finished in third place after a KERS failure for most of the race. Webber and Massa tried to take advantage of Button's woes. Webber kept the pressure on Button, but the Mclaren's high top speed, helped Button stay on top. By the time Massa joined the battle, Button's KERS came back online and immediately began increasing the gap.

      Webber finished forth with ease, after Massa spun out toward the end of the race, finishing in fifth place. Di Resta in his Force India finished in ninth place with his one stop strategy. Sauber's Kobayashi finished in tenth place a full lap behind.

      For Michael, it was

      “a reasonable race today and some reasonable points I would say. Considering that we did not manage to find the perfect balance yesterday, we managed to get the maximum out of our situation today. But then, I did lose some small parts of the car which cost us some balance, and towards the end I had a slow puncture, which is why I had to park my car at turn two.

      The tyres gave up rather early in the first stint but that was due to our tyre strategy yesterday when we wanted to save a fresh set for the race. I therefore had quite used tyres for the start. We now have to look into the data and make sure we are well prepared for the last race of the season which we want to finish as well as possible.”
      Nico felt

      “the race was quite interesting today. The start didn’t work out very well as I tried to overtake Felipe but suddenly there was no space left. Michael was able to overtake me, and we had a fun battle before I took the place back. From then, I was able to handle my tyre situation very well. I stayed out a bit longer before the second stop as there was some grip left, and it was better to stay out with the softer tyres. With the prime tyres, I had some understeer which made it impossible to overtake Felipe towards the end.

      Thanks to my engineering team who did a brilliant job here and I was quite happy with my car all weekend. Our pit stop guys were also great again, and that’s why we achieved a good result today. It makes me look forward to Brazil and hopefully we can achieve another good result there.”
      Ross said after the race

      “A very lively first lap between our drivers today which was highly entertaining. We’ve often said that they are free to race as long as they keep it sensible, and it was good to see today. Nico had the stronger pace this evening, and his lap times during the race were quite encouraging. Our performance today reminds us of the little bit that we have to close down to become truly competitive, but it is within reach. Both Nico and Michael drove extremely well, and with good pit stops and a sound strategy, we achieved possibly the best results that we can at the moment.”

      For Norbert,

      “sixth and seventh places for Nico and Michael are the best possible results with our current technical package, and our team has now finished in the top six rankings for the fifth time in the last seven races. These positions are certainly not our ultimate target but during the building-up time of our team, it is nevertheless positive to get the best possible results.

      A big thank you to the organisers of the spectacular race here in Abu Dhabi which creates a great atmosphere and fantastic television images. In this ‘home’ race for our team, we have achieved the results that we are currently capable of, and we want to come back next year with a quicker car and a better performance for our partner and co-owner Aabar. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and McLaren Mercedes for their victory today, which is the 71st Grand Prix win for McLaren Mercedes."
      Full Race Results
      Pos Driver Team Grid Time Points
      1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 2 97:11.886 25.0
      2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 5 +8.40 18.0
      3 Jenson Button McLaren 3 +25.80 15.0
      4 Mark Webber Red Bull 4 +35.70 12.0
      5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 6 +50.50 10.0
      6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 7 +52.30 8.0
      7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 8 +75.90 6.0
      8 Adrian Sutil Force India 9 +77.10 4.0
      9 Paul Di Resta Force India 10 +1 lap 2.0
      10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 16 +1 lap 1.0
      11 Sergio Perez Sauber 11 +1 lap 0.0
      12 Rubens Barrichello Williams 23 +1 lap 0.0
      13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 12 +1 lap 0.0
      14 Pastor Maldonado Williams 24 +1 lap 0.0
      15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 15 +1 lap 0.0
      16 Bruno Senna Renault 14 +1 lap 0.0
      17 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 17 +1 lap 0.0
      18 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 18 +2 lap 0.0
      19 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 19 +2 lap 0.0
      20 Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing 22 +2 lap 0.0
      Ret Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso suspension failure.
      Ret Jerome DAmbrosio Virgin Racing mechanical failure.
      Ret Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing a technical problem.
      Ret Sebastian Vettel Red Bull a puncture.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Article: 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying Report - Vettel on Pole for 14th time tying record started by Scourge82 View original post
      Comments 3 Comments
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        wow what a turn of events!! now i really must download this race haha
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        It was surprisingly a great race. the last 2 races here where kinda boring, but DRS and KERS helped alot this time. A lot of good fighting for 3rd place between Button, Webber, and to an extent Massa.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        @Scourge82 great report as always.