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Sebastian Vettel sails to victory as Kimi leaves early // Red Bull dominate on the podium, as Lotus have a mixed afternoon

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Sebastian Vettel sails to victory as Kimi leaves early
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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix began under daylight, and Kimi Räikkönen didn’t get to see the darkening skies and floodlights take over. The Lotus driver started the race from the rear of the field after being excluded from qualifying for a technical infringement. On the first lap, he made contact with a Caterham and his race was over. He stuck around for media interviews and then hot-footed it from the track.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg both found their way past Mark Webber off the start line, and Vettel disappeared into the distance. He had a two second lead at the end of the first lap, at one point it was up to 40 seconds, by the chequered flag it was ONLY 30.

Webber regained the position he lost to Rosberg, with the pair taking second and third on the podium. Grosjean had a great start and kept his head down for fourth. Fernando Alonso was fifth and scored the fastest lap at the end of the race. Force India were the only team to make their intended one-stop strategy work, and gained themselves a double points finish.