Vettel Defends His Winning Streak at Abu Dhabi F1 Race
Formula 1 racing is the highest level racing in the world. The races are governed by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) based out of France. F1 racecars are single seat and have open wheels. The car’s use 2.4 liter V8 engines that can exceed 200 miles per hour.
F1 racing is distinct from NASCAR because NASCAR events usually take place on an oval track. F1 racing has both right and left turns and has sometimes been set up in city streets. F1 racing is also different than other American racing leagues and races, including the Indianapolis 500. The F1 cars offer lighter design and include higher technology than other racecars.
There are various teams that sponsor drivers in F1 racing. Currently, the teams are Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, McLaren, Renault, BMW, Lotus and other car companies.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a Formula 1 race. The first race at this location was on November 1, 2009. This race was the first ever Formula 1 race to be completed in a day-night format, with flood lights lighting up the racetrack at night. The following races at this track have also been in the day-night style.
In the 2013 race, driver Sebastian Vettel won the championship, marking his seventh consecutive win. Webber came in second to Vettel, with a somewhat significant gap. By lap 54, viewers were quite sure that Webber would be safely in second with Vettel securely in first place.
The 2009 race was the first Abu Dhabi F1 race, in which Vettel took first place for Red Bull Racing. In 2010, Sebastian Vettel beat out Fernando Alonso for his second championship in a row. 2011 brought Lewis Hamilton as the winner, as Vettel suffered a puncture while turning the second corner. 2012 brough Vettel finishing in third place after the winner Kimi Raikkonen from Finland, a tough blow for Vettel as he was made to start from the pitlane after his disqualification from the qualifying. This past race in 2013 brought Vettel the drivers’ title once again, and everyone is looking forward to see what 2014 will bring.
F1 racing is a very high caliber sport, with the incorporation of diversified tracks with both right and left turns, as well as the day-night aspect. Abu Dhabi race truly offers something unique to the F1 racing circuit, and the sport has truly evolved and benefitted from the addition of this race.