Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel scored his seventh consecutive victory and his 11th of 2013 with insouciant ease in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening, after taking the lead from pole-sitting team mate Mark Webber at the start.
As the Australian made a slow getaway, Vettel and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg were able to swarm past on either side of his RB9, and thereafter Webber spent his time fending off Lotus’s Romain Grosjean (who pushed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton down to fifth), coping with a minor KERS overheating problem, and then hunting down Rosberg. Eventually he was able to overtake the German on the 20th lap to make it a Red Bull one-two, but Rosberg kept him honest to the flag as Grosjean likewise kept the pressure on the Mercedes. Vettel, however, was half a minute up the road and, as Webber suggested afterwards, “In a different category.”
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|6||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes|
|10||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes|
|18||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault|