New World Champion sheds tears

Sebastian Vettel cried into his radio under the Abu Dhabi lights on Sunday as he crossed the finish line and became F1's youngest ever world champion.

The 23-year-old German, now leading the standings for the very first time in his career, had entered the race as the underdog, behind Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in points and dogged all weekend with suggestions he should move over and let his teammate past.

But Vettel won commandingly from pole position, while a crucial strategy mistake triggered by an early safety car, and an unmoveable Vitaly Petrov in a Renault, left Ferrari's Alonso stranded in seventh place.

Spaniard Alonso let his emotions spill over as he gesticulated angrily at Russian Petrov after the chequered flag, but he later congratulated the new champion and said Petrov "drove very well" in defence.

Former long-time championship leader Webber, meanwhile, finished the race just eighth and the championship just third, and was emotional in his post-race interviews with the media.

Asked by the BBC if he will be back in 2011, he answered simply: "Yeah."

 

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 55 1:39:36.837 1 25
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +10.1 secs 2 18
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +11.0 secs 4 15
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 55 +30.7 secs 9 12
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 55 +39.0 secs 11 10
6 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 55 +43.5 secs 10 8
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +43.7 secs 3 6
8 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 55 +44.2 secs 5 4
9 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 55 +50.2 secs 17 2
10 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +50.8 secs 6 1
11 22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +51.5 secs 14  
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 55 +57.6 secs 7  
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 55 +58.3 secs 13  
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +59.5 secs 12  
15 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 55 +63.1 secs 18  
16 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 55 +64.7 secs 15  
17 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 20  
18 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 22  
19 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 23  
20 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 24  
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 51 +4 Laps 19  
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 43 +12 Laps 21  
Ret 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 0 Accident 8  
Ret 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 0 Accident 16  

 

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 256
2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 252
3 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 242
4 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 240
5 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 214
6 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 144
7 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes GP 142
8 Robert Kubica Polish Renault 136
9 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes GP 72
10 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Williams-Cosworth 47
11 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 47
12 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese BMW Sauber-Ferrari 32
13 Vitaly Petrov Russian Renault 27
14 Nico Hulkenberg German Williams-Cosworth 22
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian Force India-Mercedes 21
16 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari 8
17 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish BMW Sauber-Ferrari 6
18 Nick Heidfeld German BMW Sauber-Ferrari 6
19 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari 5
20 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Lotus-Cosworth 0
21 Jarno Trulli Italian Lotus-Cosworth 0
22 Karun Chandhok Indian HRT-Cosworth 0
23 Bruno Senna Brazilian HRT-Cosworth 0
24 Lucas di Grassi Brazilian Virgin-Cosworth 0
25 Timo Glock German Virgin-Cosworth 0
26 Sakon Yamamoto Japanese HRT-Cosworth 0
27 Christian Klien Austrian HRT-Cosworth 0

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