Text: Alex Yoong / Photos: | posted November 12, 2010 10:34
2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
It’s been a constant battle with the tide ebbing and flowing with drivers delivering top quality performances. Five drivers have been in with a shout of the lead in the championship most of the way, two Red Bulls, two McLarens and the one Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.
With Button in the McLaren not finishing so well in the last couple of races, he is now out of the title hunt. The other four are covered by 24 points, and every lap in the race will be filled with tension.
Abu Dhabi this weekend is the final scene for the drivers title with the fat lady warming up in the wings come Sunday night.
Red Bull clinched the Constructors title in Brazil with a dominating 1-2 finish, but their decision to let their drivers race against each other saw Vettel winning with Webber coming in second. This means that Webber goes into the final round 8 points behind Alonso instead of a possible 1.
So if Alonso finishes 2nd or higher, it does not matter what his rivals do, he will be World Champion. Webber effectively needs to win the race with Vettel in second.
Red Bull and McLaren have the same philosophy in that they do not issue team orders, this means if Vettel is winning and Webber is second with Alonso third, Aussie Grit will have to rely on Vettel feeling charitable and letting his team mate through. I hope Mark has been saying nice things about Sebastian over this last week.
It should still be Red Bulls title though, because they will have the car advantage and it will take a superhuman effort from Alonso (like his pole in Singapore) to overcome this.
I actually think if he drives just to his normal brilliance, he might even end up forth. McLaren will be stronger and Hamilton was very good here last season and could easily end up quicker than the Ferrari.
Abu Dhabi has a great atmosphere and the drivers enjoy themselves on the track there. The cars will have to be efficient in that they need the downforce for the medium speed corners, especially in the last sector, but also need to be quick down the two long straights in the first two sectors.
It should be good for overtaking and the drivers will need to factor some race craft into their strategies.