Kimi Raikkonen won for the first time since his F1 comeback on this day in 2012 after celebrating his victory at the Abu Dhabi GP. The Finn withstood late pressure from the double world champion Fernando Alonso who desperately wanted to close the gap to the championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

Race will be remembered for his usually cool display in tense closing laps and his famous team radio responses to his team.

“Just leave me alone, I know what I’m doing!”

…was Kimi’s response to his team warning him that the car behind is Fernando Alonso who is closing the gap.

“Yes, yes, yes, yes, I’m doing it all the time. You don’t have to remind me every 10 seconds.”

…was Kimi’s response to his team instructing him to warm up all of his tyres behind the safety car.

BACKGROUND

Sebastian Vettel arrived in Abu Dhabi as the championship leader, 13 points ahead of Fernando Alonso. Abu Dhabi GP was the 18th of 20 races in 2012. (the other two were the US Grand Prix in Austin and the Brazilian GP), which was then the longest season in F1 history (previously up to 19 races, 2005.).

Kimi Raikkonen slavi prvu pobjedu nakon povratka u Formulu 1, u društvu svjetskih prvaka i kandidata za naslov Fernanda Alonsa i Sebastiana Vettela. (4.11.2012.) Foto: ausmotive
Kimi Raikkonen celebrates first victory after his F1 comeback in 2012. with title contenders Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. (4.11.2012.) Foto: ausmotive

Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole position, repeating the success from 2009. – Briton was fastest in all three qualifying session in his McLaren MP4-27.

The second fastest was Mark Webber and third was Sebastian Vettel who was excluded from wualifying for not having enough fuel.

Red Bull decided to withdraw his car from Parc Ferme to make changes to the settings of the car (among other things they choose to reduce downforce and extend gear ratios to enhance his overtaking cances) and Vettel started the race from the pit lane.

Pastor Maldonado started third in Williams, Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in Lotus, fifth was Jenson Button in McLaren and the sixth was Fernando Alonso in Ferrari.

RACE

Hamilton led for 20 laps when he had to retire because of the fuel pump malfunction. Raikkonen takes the lead in his Lotus while Sebastian Vettel was second in lap 31, 20 seconds behind the leading Raikkonen. After his pitstop, Vettel dropped to fourth.

After the collision between Perez and Grosjean safety car came out for the second timer which enables Vettel to close on Button and overtake him in lap 51, four laps to go.

Alonso was really close to leading Raikkonen but the Finn managed to preserve the lead and win for the first time after the Belgian Grand Prix in 2009. and the first time since his return to Formula 1 in 2012. Alonso finished second and Vettel third after starting from the pit lane.

Vettel’s lead over Alonso before the last two races of the championship was reduced to ten points.

STARTING GRID

1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:40.630
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:40.978 0.348
3 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Renault 1:41.226 0.596
4 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus/Renault 1:41.260 0.630
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1:41.290 0.660
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.582 0.952
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.603 0.973
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.723 1.093
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1:41.778 1.148
10 12 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:42.019 1.389
11 15 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 1:42.084 1.454
12 11 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 1:42.218 1.588
13 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.289 1.659
14 19 Bruno Senna Williams/Renault 1:42.330 1.700
15 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 1:42.606 1.976
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:42.765 2.135
17 17 Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:44.058 3.428
18 20 H.Kovalainen Caterham/Renault 1:44.956 4.326
19 25 Charles Pic Marussia/Cosworth 1:45.089 4.459
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham/Renault 1:45.151 4.521
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia/Cosworth 1:45.426 4.796
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT/Cosworth 1:45.766 5.136
23 23 N.Karthikeyan HRT/Cosworth 1:46.382 5.752
24 1 Sebastian Vettel

 

Red Bull/Renault 1:41.073 0.443

#5 Sebastian Vettel – Disqualified after not having enough fuel for FIA to take sample

RACE RESULTS

1 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus/Renault 55 1:45:58.667
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 1:45:59.519 0.852
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 55 1:46:02.830 4.163
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 55 1:46:06.454 7.787
5 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Renault 55 1:46:11.674 13.007
6 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 55 1:46:18.743 20.076
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 1:46:21.563 22.896
8 19 Bruno Senna Williams/Renault 55 1:46:22.209 23.542
9 11 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 55 1:46:22.827 24.160
10 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso/Ferrari 55 1:46:26.130 27.463
11 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 55 1:46:26.742 28.075
12 17 Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso/Ferrari 55 1:46:33.573 34.906
13 20 H.Kovalainen Caterham/Renault 55 1:46:46.431 47.764
14 24 Timo Glock Marussia/Cosworth 55 1:46:55.140 56.473
15 15 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 55 1:46:55.435 56.768
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham/Renault 55 1:47:03.262 1:04.595
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT/Cosworth 55 1:47:10.445 1:11.778
(17) 25 Charles Pic Marussia/Cosworth 41 1:21:09.038 Engine
(5) 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 37 1:11:58.863 Collision
(8) 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 37 1:12:00.592 Collision
(1) 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 19 39:01.275 Fuel pressure
(19) 23 N.Karthikeyan HRT/Cosworth 7 13:25.885 Hydraulics
(20) 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 7 13:27.959 Collision
12 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes 0 Collision

Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel – 1:43.964 (lap 54)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 18/20 RACES

1 Sebastian Vettel 255   18 10 25 8 12 12 15 10 12 18 25 25 25 25 15
2 Fernando Alonso 245   10 25 2 6 18 15 10 25 18 25 10 15 15 15 18 18
3 Kimi Räikkönen 198   6 10 18 15 2 4 18 10 15 18 15 10 8 8 10 6 25
4 Mark Webber 167   12 12 12 12 25 6 12 25 4 4 8 2 18 15
5 Lewis Hamilton 165   15 15 15 4 4 10 25 4 25 25 10 1 12
6 Jenson Button 153   25 18 2 4 1 18 8 25 18 12 10 12
7 Felipe Massa 95   2 8 1 12 2 10 12 4 18 12 8 6
8 Nico Rosberg 93   25 10 6 18 8 8 1 1 6 10
9 Romain Grosjean 90   8 15 12 18 8 15 6 6 2
10 Sergio Pérez 66   4 18 15 2 8 18 1
11 Kamui Kobayashi 58   8 1 10 2 12 2 15 8
12 Nico Hülkenberg 49   2 1 4 10 2 12 6 8 4
13 Paul Di Resta 46   1 6 8 6 6 1 4 12 2
14 Pastor Maldonado 43   4 25 4 10
15 M.Schumacher 43   1 1 15 6 6 6 8
16 Bruno Senna 30   8 6 1 1 2 6 1 1 4
17 Jean-Éric Vergne 12   4 4 4
18 Daniel Ricciardo 10   2 2 2 1 2 1
19 Timo Glock 0  
20 H.Kovalainen 0  
21 Vitaly Petrov 0  
22 J.d’Ambrosio 0  
23 Charles Pic 0  
24 N.Karthikeyan 0  
25 Pedro de la Rosa 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Red Bull/Renault 422   30 12 22 37 8 37 18 12 40 14 16 26 25 27 43 40 15
2 Ferrari 340   10 25 2 8 18 23 11 25 30 25 12 10 27 19 18 27 26 24
3 McLaren/Mercedes 318   40 15 33 4 6 10 25 4 5 18 33 25 25 18 22 1 22 12
4 Lotus/Renault 288   6 10 8 33 27 2 22 18 18 15 33 15 10 14 8 16 8 25
5 Mercedes 136   1 25 11 6 18 8 23 6 7 1 6 14 10
6 Sauber/Ferrari 124   12 18 1 10 17 2 20 20 1 15 8
7 Force India/Mercedes 95   1 8 8 1 10 16 2 13 4 12 6 8 4 2
8 Williams/Renault 73   8 10 25 1 1 2 6 1 4 1 14
9 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 22   2 4 6 2 1 6 1
10 Marussia/Cosworth 0  
11 Caterham/Renault 0  
12 HRT/Cosworth 0  
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