Mark Webber, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013

Top ten pictures from the 2013 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.

Kimi Raikkonen, Friday

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2013

It was a fraught weekend on and off the track for Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus. His participation in the event was in doubt to begin with as he failed to show up for media engagements on Thursday, then revealed that the extent of Lotus’s financial problems meant he hadn’t been paid all year.

Once in the car things seemed to take a turn for the better as he revelled in the switch back to the short wheelbase E21. But after taking fifth on the grid he was excluded from qualifying when his car failed a floor test. After declining to start from the pit lane a first-corner tangle with Giedo van der Garde ended his race moments after it had begun. He then made a hasty departure.

Daniel Ricciardo, Friday

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Yas Marina, 2013

Toro Rosso ran a special livery on their rear wing endplates bearing the slogan “Kullunna Khalifa”. The message from Abu Dhabi?s IPIC Group, owner of several of their sponsors, means “we are all Khalifa”.

Also visible on Daniel Ricciardo’s car during practice is an infra-red camera pointed at his left-rear tyre to monitor its temperature.

Lewis Hamilton, Friday

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2013

It wasn’t a memorable weekend for Lewis Hamilton, who qualified fourth after a spin and slipped back to seventh in the race.

Sergio Perez, Saturday

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Yas Marina, 2013

Sergio Perez out-qualified Jenson Button for the third time in four races and was McLaren’s only points scorer for the second weekend running.

Mark Webber, Saturday

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013

It looked like business as usual for Sebastian Vettel on Saturday until Mark Webber pipped him to pole position – his second of the year.

Start, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Start, Yas Marina, 2013

Webber’s pole position advantage didn’t last long – Vettel passed him at the start and Nico Rosberg also jumped ahead of the Red Bull. In the background Raikkonen’s race is about to come to an end.

Felipe Massa, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013

Some opportunistic overtaking helped Felipe Massa pass Hamilton and Adrian Sutil in the middle of the race. But Fernando Alonso, in the background, was catching his team mate. Ferrari’s decision to put Massa on medium tyres for his final stint, which he disputed afterwards, damaged his chances of finishing ahead.

Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber, Yas Marina, 2013

Webber stalked Rosberg before passing him for second place.

Fireworks, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Caterham, Yas Marina, 2013

There were fireworks at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but not on the track.

Sebastian Vettel, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013

Vettel’s latest helmet bore an ‘IV’ on the top for his four world titles. Victory in Abu Dhabi gave him XI wins this year and VII in a row – equalling the all-time record.

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