Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 2nd Nov 2009
VETTEL CLAIMS SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Germany's Sebastian Vettel has wrapped up second place in the Formula One driver's world championship after a strong win in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Vettel led team-mate Mark Webber across the line in Red Bull's fourth one-two finish of the season while newly-crowned champion Jenson Button finished third in the final race of the season.
It was expected that pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton would sprint away from the field after showing blistering pace in qualifying.
However, the McLaren driver went out with brake problems allowing Vettel - who used a medium-medium-soft Bridgestone Potenza tyre strategy - to cruise to victory.
"The car worked brilliantly on both tyre compounds and it was a pleasure to sit in the car this evening," Vettel said.
"We are currently very strong and have just gained our fourth one-two finish, so congratulations to the team. They have been pushing a lot, working very hard back in the factory. It's a shame now that the season ends, as we are on a roll!"
Bridgestone is now planning for the 2010 season, which will see a host of new regulations introduced including no refuelling and narrower front tyres.
"We must say a big thank you to all of the teams who make this such a great sport which so many people enjoy around the world," said Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport.
"Also thank you to all our staff, who worked so hard throughout the year. This was Bridgestone's 13th year in Formula One and we saw the 150th GP race win on our tyres. We now look forward to 2010 full of expectation for another exciting and dramatic year."
FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Jenson Button (Brawn GP) 95 points
- Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 84
- Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP) 77
- Mark Webber (Red Bull) 69.5