He hadn’t led the title chase all year. In fact, Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was better placed to become world champion in 2010 – until everything was turned on its head at the Abu Dhabi finale. Sebastian Vettel took pole position and won the race ahead of Lewis Hamilton, as Webber struggled home eighth and Ferrari dropped a strategy clanger as its new star frontman Fernando Alonso found himself caught up behind Renault’s Vitaly Petrov for 40 laps. Powerless to pass, the Spaniard – who led the points ahead of the climax –finished seventh, and Vettel shot from third to the top of the table for the first time that year. At the only time when it really counted.
The history of F1: the 2010s
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