McLaren's Lewis Hamilton recently won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after having failed to score a win since July. A puncture had caused world champion Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to retire on the first lap. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took second place. Jenson Button also appeared at the podium even with the KERS issues on his McLaren.
At the first corner, Vettel got a clear lead but one bend later, his right rear tire deflated and this made his car spin wildly. Vettel made an attempt to patch up his car at the pits but the damage was too severe. This is the first time that Vettel retired since the Korean GP last year. This gave Hamilton the lead.
Alonso was at second after he passed Mark Webber (Red Bull) at the start. Alonso then secured the second place when he went around the outside of Button. For most of the race, McLaren and Ferrari were in a very tight race. There were times when the gap was a little more than a second. Ferrari attempted to get ahead by running longer before Alonso's second stop.
But he didn’t succeed. Later on, Hamilton's lead widened. This would be Hamilton’s third win in a frequently troubled 2011 season. Webber had lost some time at the first stop due to a stubborn wheel. He tried a three-stop strategy to regain ground. This made him to change to the harder Pirellis on the last lap. This effort wasn’t enough to beat Button but he was able to take fourth place. Ferrari had a quick spin with six laps to go. It wasn’t long before the Brazilian rejoined.