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Vettel wins Abu Dhabi GP
Sebastian Vettel leads home a Red Bull one-two finish as Hamilton retires.
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2009 16:09 GMT

Sebastian Vettel leads the race at the Yas Marina circuit [GALLO/GETTY]
Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two finish at Formula One's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the new Yas Marina circuit, making sure of second place overall in the championship.

The young German driver beat his  teammate Mark Webber by a comfortable 17.8 seconds under the floodlights to celebrate his fourth win of the season.

"The priority was to secure second place and we succeeded," said Vettel, still sweating with exertion after the sport's first day-to-night race.

"To do it with a win is the best."

Button third

Jenson Button, who claimed the title in the previous Brazilian Grand Prix for his championship-winning Brawn GP team, finished third, following a thrilling chase with Webber.

Only 0.6 of a second separated the two cars at the chequered flag.

It was Button's first appearance on the podium since Italy last month after a season that started with him winning six of the first seven races.

"It was a great race, I really enjoyed it," said Button.

"This race was a bonus for me. I came here to enjoy myself, which is exactly what I did."

McLaren's outgoing world champion Lewis Hamilton had led from pole position but the Briton's hopes of becoming the first winner in Abu Dhabi vanished after 20 laps when he retired with a brake problem.

Abu Dhabi GP results

1 S Vettel (GER) RedBull-Renault
2 M Webber (AUS) RedBull-Renault
3 J Button (GBR) Brawn-Mercedes
4 R Barrichello (BRA) Brawn-Mercedes
5 N Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber
6 K Kobayashi (JAP) Toyota
7 J Trulli (ITA) Toyota
8 S Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso-Ferrari
9 N Rosberg (GER) Williams-Toyota
10 R Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber
11 H Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren-Mercede
12 K Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari
13 K Nakajima (JAP) Williams-Toyota
14 F Alonso (ESP) Renault
15 V Liuzzi (ITA) Force India-Mercedes
16 G Fisichella (ITA) Ferrari
17 A Sutil (GER) Force India-Mercedes
18 R Grosjean (FRA) Renault
r. L Hamilton (GBR) McLaren-Mercedes
r. J Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso-Ferrari
r = retired

"There was a problem with the brakes, I couldn't stop the car," Hamilton told the BBC.

"I was locking and locking and locking and it was harder than ever to drive the car.

"It's a shame as the car felt so good these last couple of days but we haven't had many brake problems this year so there you go."

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, likely to move from Brawn to Williams for next year, finished fourth with Germany's Nick Heidfeld fifth in BMW-Sauber's last race before the German manufacturer leaves the sport.

Japanese stand-in Kamui Kobayashi, replacing the injured German Timo Glock, scored his first points in Formula One with sixth place for Toyota ahead of veteran Italian team mate Jarno Trulli in seventh.

After just two races, Kobayashi could also claim to be his country's top driver with Williams' Toyota-backed driver Kazuki Nakajima ending the season with a dismal tally of no points from 17 starts.

Swiss rookie Sebastien Buemi, a Bahrain resident for much of the year, took the final point for Toro Rosso in eighth place.

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