Sebastian Vettel picked up the pieces of a devastating Saturday in Abu Dhabi by carving through the field to finish Sunday's spectacular grand prix in third place. Given his pitlane start, an extra ...

Sebastian Vettel picked up the pieces of a devastating Saturday in Abu Dhabi by carving through the field to finish Sunday's spectacular grand prix in third place.

Given his pitlane start, an extra pitstop for a twice-damaged front wing, and having to give back a place after overtaking off the Yas circuit, minimising his loss of points to championship rival Fernando Alonso was an impressive result for the Red Bull driver.

"There was the chance (this weekend) to f**k it up," the delighted Vettel told David Coulthard - who apologised for the double world champion's language - on the podium.

Vettel, having started the race 13 points ahead of Ferrari's Spaniard Alonso, is now 10 points ahead with just one more back to back pairing of races in Austin and Interlagos now to run.

"I told you guys," Vettel said on the radio after recovering his disastrous weekend, "don't stop believing."

Also still believing is Alonso, who uttered not a word to his title rival in the post-race podium preparation room, shook his trophy with determination a few minutes later, and cracked no smile when Vettel tipped champagne on Coulthard's head.

"You can see he's pumped up," Red Bull boss Christian Horner told British Sky television.

Alonso confirmed: "We keep fighting until the end."

Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen finally broke through to win a race in his F1 comeback, but the victory was helped along by pole sitter and runaway leader Lewis Hamilton's failure. 

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

55

1:45:58.667

4

25

2

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

55

+0.8 secs

6

18

3

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

55

+4.1 secs

24

15

4

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

55

+7.7 secs

5

12

5

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

55

+13.0 secs

3

10

6

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

55

+20.0 secs

15

8

7

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

55

+22.8 secs

8

6

8

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

55

+23.5 secs

14

4

9

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

55

+24.1 secs

12

2

10

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

55

+27.4 secs

16

1

11

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

55

+28.0 secs

13

 

12

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

55

+34.9 secs

17

 

13

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

55

+47.7 secs

18

 

14

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

55

+56.4 secs

21

 

15

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

55

+56.7 secs

11

 

16

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

55

+64.5 secs

20

 

17

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

55

+71.7 secs

22

 

Ret

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

41

Engine

19

 

Ret

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

37

Accident

9

 

Ret

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

37

Accident

2

 

Ret

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

19

Fuel-pressure problem

1

 

Ret

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

7

Accident

23

 

Ret

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

7

Accident

7

 

Ret

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

0

Accident

10

 

 

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