Second Abu Dhabi GP was also the last championship race as in 2009, but this time the championship was not decided. On the contrary, for the first time in the history of Formula 1, the title race included four drivers.

Alonso in Ferrari was leading with 246 points, second was Webber in Red Bull with 238, third Vettel with 231, also in Red Bull, and fourth Hamilton in McLaren who had 222 points.

Iako je uoči posljednje utrke prvenstva bio tek treći u poretku vozača, 15 bodova iza Alonsa i 7 iza Webbera, Vettel je uspio pobijediti i postati najmlađi svjetski prvak u povijesti Formule 1 (23 godine i 134 dana). (14.11.2010.) Foto: AP
Despite being third in the championship before the last race, Vettel managed to become the youngest F1 world champion (23 years and 134 daays). (14.11.2010.) Photo: AP

Red Bull had a 1-2 victory in Brazil one race before and McLaren had 32 points advantage ahead of third-placed Ferrari.

Most media wrote about the fact that Red Bull in the previous race in Brazil did not order Vettel to let Webber despite Australian being 14 points in front of him in the driver’s standings, but drivers kept their positions (Vettel first, Webber second) .

Several races earlier on the German GP in Hockenheim Ferrari asked Felipe Massa to let Fernando Alonso through.

Pole position was won by Vettel, the second was Hamilton, and third Alonso. Button was fourth and the worst placed title candidate was Webber who was fifth.

The leading duo retained their positions, and Button passed Alonso for third place. The first corners went without incidents and Schumacher attacked his team mate Rosberg on the outside of the sixth corner in the eighth place. Schumacher spun and collected Liuzzi. Both drivers retired and safety car came out.

During the safety car six drivers decided to change their tyres – Rosberg, Petrov, Alguersuari, Senna, Grassi and Klien, and they went back to the last six places. The first five drivers stayed in the same places as after the start.

Webber entered the pits after he touched the metal fence at the exit of the turn 19. Alonso soon followed him and returned in front of Australian. Although leading duo Vettel and Hamilton were on the worn softer tyres, they were still faster than Alonso and Webber on new harder tires. Alonso and Webber caught up with Petrov in Renault at the end of the 18th lap and stuck behind him.

Sebastian Vettel slavi svoj prvi naslov prvaka u društvu McLarenovih vozača Hamiltona i Buttona. (14.11.2010.) Foto: benzinsider
Sebastian Vettel celebrates his first world championship with Hamilton and Button (14.11.2010.) Photo: benzinsider

Five laps later, Alonso attempts to overtake the Russian, but he had to give up, after he almost hit the rear end of Renault R30. Although he was visibly faster, Alonso was insufficiently fast on the straight and it cost him the championship.

Vettel won the race without any problems, 10,162 seconds in front of Hamilton and 11,047 s in front of Button. Rosberg was fourth, Kubica fifth and Petrov sixth.

Alonso was just seventh and Webber was eight and Formula 1 world champion was Vettel (256 points), with two points ahead of Alonso (254 points).

The German has thus become the youngest world champion in Formula 1 history. So far, this title was held by Lewis Hamilton, who became the champion in McLaren Mercedes in 2008. Vettel has beaten Hamilton’s record for 166 days with 23 years and 134 days.

Let’s mention that Red Bull made the right decision in the previous race in Brazil when it did not want to order Vettel to let Webber pass him because he had 14 points more than him. If Webber won in Brazil, and the order in Abu Dhabi remained the same, Red Bull would remain without the driver’s title because the champion would become Fernando Alonso with three points more than Vettel.

RESULTS

1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 55 1:39:36.837
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 55 1:39:46.999 10.162
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 55 1:39:47.884 11.047
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 1:40:07.584 30.747
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 55 1:40:15.863 39.026
6 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 55 1:40:20.357 43.520
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 1:40:20.634 43.797
8 6 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 55 1:40:21.080 44.243
9 17 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso/Ferrari 55 1:40:27.038 50.201
10 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 1:40:27.705 50.868
11 22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber/Ferrari 55 1:40:28.388 51.551
12 9 R.Barrichello Williams/Cosworth 55 1:40:34.523 57.686
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 55 1:40:35.162 58.325
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber/Ferrari 55 1:40:36.395 59.558
15 16 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 55 1:40:40.015 1:03.178
16 10 Nico Hülkenberg Williams/Cosworth 55 1:40:41.600 1:04.763
17 19 H.Kovalainen Lotus/Cosworth 54 1:41:18.182 1 lap
18 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin/Cosworth 53 1:39:54.475 2 laps
19 21 Bruno Senna HRT/Cosworth 53 1:39:57.828 2 laps
20 20 Christian Klien HRT/Cosworth 53 1:40:11.300 2 laps
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus/Cosworth 51 1:37:42.116 Wing
(18) 24 Timo Glock Virgin/Cosworth 43 1:21:59.140 Gearbox
3 M.Schumacher Mercedes 0 Collision
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India/Mercedes 0 Collision

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Sebastian Vettel 256   12 25 8 15 18 12 25 6 15 15 12 18 25 25 25
2 Fernando Alonso 252   25 12 12 18 8 4 15 4 25 18 25 25 15 25 15 6
3 Mark Webber 242   4 2 18 4 25 25 15 10 25 8 25 18 8 15 18 18 4
4 Lewis Hamilton 240   15 8 8 18 10 25 25 18 18 12 25 10 18 12 18
5 Jenson Button 214   6 25 4 25 10 18 18 15 12 10 4 18 12 12 10 15
6 Felipe Massa 144   18 15 6 2 8 12 6 18 12 12 15 4 15 1
7 Nico Rosberg 142   10 10 15 15 6 10 8 1 15 4 8 10 10 8 12
8 Robert Kubica 136   18 12 10 4 15 8 6 10 6 15 4 6 10 2 10
9 Michael Schumacher 72   8 1 1 12 12 2 2 6 2 8 12 6
10 Rubens Barrichello 47   1 4 2 12 10 1 1 8 2 6

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Red Bull/Renault 498   16 2 43 12 40 43 15 22 25 31 23 40 18 20 33 43 43 29
2 McLaren/Mercedes 454   21 33 12 43 10 10 43 43 33 30 22 4 25 18 12 22 18 22 33
3 Ferrari 396   43 27 6 14 26 20 10 15 4 43 30 12 40 29 15 40 15 7
4 Mercedes 214   18 11 15 16 12 6 22 8 1 17 6 14 12 10 8 12 14 12
5 Renault 163   18 12 16 4 15 8 6 10 7 10 17 4 6 10 2 18
6 Williams/Cosworth 69   1 4 1 2 12 11 9 7 9 2 7 4
7 Force India/Mercedes 68   2 6 10 6 6 2 3 8 4 11 2 8
8 BMW Sauber/Ferrari 44   1 6 8 8 4 10 6 1
9 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 13   2 1 1 4 2 1 2
10 Lotus/Cosworth 0  
11 HRT/Cosworth 0  
12 Virgin/Cosworth 0  
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