2012 ABU DHABI GP: KIMI SCORED HIS MAIDEN 2012 VICTORY

Kimi Raikkonen - The ICEMAN legend !!!
Kimi Raikkonen scored first win of his Formula 1 comeback in an astonishing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel made it through from last to third. The result means Vettel's championship lead remains 10 points with two races to go, despite an incident-packed race.

Poleman Lewis Hamilton looked set to dominate for McLaren at first, escaping an early mistake that allowed Raikkonen to briefly get alongside him and then pulling away. Pastor Maldonado held third, while Alonso muscled past the slow-starting Mark Webber for fourth with a bold outside line move at Turn 11 on the first lap.

The path seemed to be opening up quickly for Vettel, helped by first-lap carnage that saw the Force Indias tangle with Bruno Senna, and Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean collide. The recovering Rosberg then caused the first safety car on lap nine when his Mercedes was violently launched over the back of Narain Karthikeyan's slowing HRT. 

Behind the safety car, Vettel finished his front wing off when he had to swerve to avoid Daniel Ricciardo warming up his brakes and he clouted the DRS activation marker board on the back straight. With carbon fibre flapping at the front of his car, Vettel was called into the pits and came back out at the back of the pack.

At the restart, Hamilton resumed his lead but five laps later his car ground to a halt with a fuel pressure problem. He had looked locked on for the victory and the problem was a cruel blow with Hamilton coming to the end of his final season with McLaren in two races time. But for Lotus it was a golden opportunity and Raikkonen snatched it by taking the lead and controlling the pace for the rest of the race.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina
55 laps, 305.355km, Weather: Clear

Classified:
Pos     Driver             Team             Time
 1.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus          1h45:58.667
 2.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari         +    0.852
 3.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull        +    4.163
 4.  Jenson Button        McLaren         +    7.787
 5.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams        +   13.007
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber          +   20.076
 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari         +   22.896
 8.  Bruno Senna          Williams        +   23.542
 9.  Paul Di Resta        Force India     +   24.160
10.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso      +   27.400
11.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes AMG    +   28.000
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso      +   34.900
13.  Heikki Kovalainen    Caterham        +   47.700
14.  Timo Glock           Marussia        +   56.400
15.  Sergio Perez         Sauber          +   56.700
16.  Vitaly Petrov        Caterham        + 1:04.500
17.  Pedro De la Rosa     HRT             + 1:11.545

Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel - 1:43.964

Not classified/retirements:
Driver        Team                   On lap
Charles Pic          Marussia          42
Roman Grosjean       Lotus             38
Mark Webber          Red Bull          38
Lewis Hamilton       McLaren           20
Narain Karthikeyan   HRT                8
Nico Rosberg         Mercedes AMG       8
Nico Hulkenberg      Force India        1

After 18 races:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  S.Vettel       255     1.  Red Bull          422
 2.  F.Alonso       245     2.  Ferrari           340
 3.  K.Raikkonen    198     3.  McLaren           318
 4.  M.Webber       167     4.  Lotus             288
 5.  L.Hamilton     165     5.  Mercedes AMG      136
 6.  J.Button       153     6.  Sauber            124
 7.  F.Massa         95     7.  Force India        95
 8.  N.Rosberg       93     8.  Williams           73
 9.  R.Grosjean      90     9.  Toro Rosso         22
10.  S.Perez         66       
11.  K.Kobayashi     58       
12.  N.Hulkenberg    49       
13.  P.Di Resta      46       
14.  P.Maldonado     43       
15.  M.Schumacher    43       
16.  B.Senna         30       
17.  J.Vergne        12       
18.  D.Ricciardo     10