Raikkonnen wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen succesfully clinched victory at the Yas Marina circuit at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This is the Iceman’s first victory after his return to F1 earlier this year and also the first for Lotus brand since its return to active racing.  

Kimi was followed in second place by the hard charging Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. A resurgent Sebastian Vettel took third place after starting the race from the pit lane. He was demoted to the back of the grid, post qualifying, for a fuel related technical infringement. His flight to the final place on the podium was aided by multiple safety car periods due to various collisions.

Jenson Button clinched fourth place. Team mate Lewis Hamilton who took pole retired from the race after a technical problem.  The Williams of Pastor Maldonado came fifth. He went as high as second place but eventually faded away.  

Kamuyi Kobayashi took sixth place in front of Felipe Massa who initially put up a strong show but lost out after spinning on a kerb. Bruno Senna in the second Williams and Paul di Resta in the Force India took eighth and ninth respectively.

His team mate Nico Hulkenberg in the second Force India crashed out in the initial stage of the race. Daniel Ricciardo was challenged by Michael Schumacher in the final stages of the race but was able retain his 10th place.

Next up, is the American Grand Prix which take place at the brand new circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas, on November 18. It will be the first race in the USA after the event at the Indianapolis circuit was cancelled in 2007.

Tags : Kimi Raikkonen, Yas Marina circuit, 2012, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ferrari, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Kamuyi Kobayashi, Bruno Senna, Felipe Massa, Paul Di Resta, Force India, Nico Hulkenburg, Daniel Ricciardo, Michael Schumacher, America, USA, Austin Texas, November, 2007, American Grand Prix, Indianapolis

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