Fernando Alonso

Abu Dhabi GP – A gritty drive from Ferrari duo

Yas Marina, 3 November – Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in fifth and eighth places respectively. The Spaniard thus strengthened his hold on second place in the Drivers’ table with 217 points, while Felipe now has 106. In the Constructors’, Scuderia Ferrari is still third, on 323 points, 11 down on Mercedes and 26 ahead of Lotus.

At the start the F138s ran seventh and eight, with Massa ahead of Alonso. On lap 16, Alonso pitted to switch from Softs to Mediums and two laps later Massa did the same. At this point, Felipe made up a place on Hulkenberg while Alonso was twelfth. The Spaniard passed Perez in the McLaren and Bottas in the Williams, thus going ninth on lap 22.

In the middle part of the race both Scuderia drivers caused some excitement. Massa passed Hamilton and Sutil to go fifth and was then joined by Alonso behind him, who also ran a very quick stint. Felipe pitted for a final time on lap 38, still for Mediums, while Alonso stayed out until lap 44. The Spaniard went for Softs, rejoining seventh ahead of Massa and behind Hamilton’s Mercedes. In the final ten laps, Fernando pushed hard to pass Hamilton and then Di Resta, crossing the line fifth and setting the fastest race lap on the very last lap. Sebastian Vettel won the race for Red Bull.

 

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 55 Winner 2 25
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 55 +30.8 secs 1 18
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 +33.6 secs 3 15
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +34.8 secs 6 12
5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +67.1 secs 10 10
6 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +78.1 secs 11 8
7 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 +79.2 secs 4 6
8 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +82.8 secs 7 4
9 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 55 +91.1 secs 8 2
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 55 +93.2 secs 17 1
11 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 55 +95.9 secs 14
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 + secs 12
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 55 + secs 16
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 5
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 54 +1 Lap 15
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 9
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 13
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 54 +1 Lap 18
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 54 +1 Lap 19
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 21
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 20
Ret 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 0 22
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