Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012

Top ten pictures from the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1 picturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

Max Chilton, Friday practice

Max Chilton, Marussia, Yas Marina, 2012

Max Chilton’s Marussia is dwarfed by the scale of Yas Marina’s architecture as he makes his first appearance at an official F1 practice session.

“I have been looking forward to this opportunity for a few weeks now,” he said afterwards, “but when the moment came – with all the pressure – I admit that I was a little nervous. I wanted everything to go well and to have as much track time as possible.”

Bruno Senna, Friday practice

Bruno Senna, Williams, Yas Marina, 2012

As usual Bruno Senna only ran in the second practice session on Friday as Valtteri Bottas was given his car for the first one. Despite a tangle at the first corner with Nico Hulkenberg he reached the points for the ninth time this year.

Nico Rosberg, Friday practice

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2012

Nico Rosberg was pleased with his car on Friday and split the Ferraris in qualifying the next day.

But misfortune struck again on Sunday – he suffered a huge crash when Narain Karthikeyan slowed in front of him due to a hydraulic failure. Fortunately both were unhurt.

Sebastian Vettel, qualifying

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012

Sebastian Vettel hurriedly stopped his car after being told to by Guillaume Rocquelin at the end of qualifying. Staring at his RB8, he must have suspected the mystery stoppage was going to lead to a penalty, and who knew what damage it might do to his championship lead.

Kamui Kobayashi, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Yas Marina, 2012

Sauber mechanics push Kamui Kobayashi’s car onto the grid ahead of the start of the race.

Kobayashi was passed by the other Sauber of Sergio Perez early on. But while his team mate’s race was spoiled by a penalty for a collision, Kobayashi came in sixth and is now just eight points behind his team mate in the drivers’ championship.

Start, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Start, Yas Marina, 2012

As the field rush into turn one Vettel and Pedro de la Rosa are waiting to be given their starting orders in the pit lane.

Lewis Hamilton, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2012

For the second time this year Lewis Hamilton trudged back to the pits, his car having failed him while leading. He has just two races left at McLaren.

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2012

Vettel’s progress through the field was quick enough for him to be within sight of Fernando Alonso in the closing stages. But he had to pass Jenson Button first – a task which consumed several laps while Alonso went after leader Kimi Raikkonen.

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2012

Alonso pulled up beneath the podium after the race but can’t have been pleased to see Vettel arrive there too, which meant he’d taken just three points off his championship rival.

Kimi Raikkonen, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen may have dropped out of the championship running but he swept in to claim his first victory since returning to Formula One – and could yet have a role to play in determining the destiny of this year’s title.

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Images ?? Marussia, Williams/LAT, Mercedes/Hoch Zwei, Red Bull/Getty images, Sauber F1 Team, HRT F1 Team, McLaren/LAT, Red Bull/Getty images, Ferrari/Ercole Colombo, Lotus F1 Team/LAT