Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber, in the final part of the GP of Abu Dhabi 2010. Photo: Scuderia Ferrari
Yas Marina Circuit, November 14, 2010. Second edition of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. For the first time, four riders come to the last race of the World with options math to be a champion. Fernando Alonso (246 points) is the one who has it more clear to clinch the title in his first year with Ferrari. The duo of Red Bull, Mark Webber (238) and Sebastian Vettel (231), is home to some hopes, while Lewis Hamilton (222) requires little less than a miracle.
Vettel, winner a year before, took the pole by a small margin over Hamilton, with Alonso third ahead of Jenson Button and Webber. In the output, while the first two maintained their position, Button overtook Fernando. But that room because he was worth to the English. However, in a few seconds began to rewritten history: the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg touched at turn 6. The Force India of Liuzzi slammed into the kaiser, which led to the departure of the safety car. Several pilots, among them the own Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov, decided to pass by pit for his single change of tyres.
Mark Webber did the same on lap 11. The good times for the australian, a priori main rival, caused alarm in Ferrari, and four laps later he called Alonso to pit. Fernando returned to the track ahead of Mark, but behind Petrov and Rosberg. The spaniard reached the Russian on lap 18. But he could not go beyond. The Renault enjoyed a good in straight-line speed that made vain any attempt to pass. To finish the job, Robert Kubica emerged from his late stop on lap 46, between Rosberg and Petrov.
Were another 20 turns of helplessness, waiting for a miracle that did not occur. Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line as the winner to become the youngest champion in the history of Formula 1. Meanwhile, Ferrari and Alonso had no choice but to lick the wounds and to trust in the future… that neither would come to fruition.