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Vettel sets pace in Abu Dhabi

F1 season reaches its climax in Far East

Posted Nov 12, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

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The final race of the F1 season is just two days away and it’s Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel who is setting the early pace in the first practice session in Abu Dhabi.
The German is roughly half a second faster than McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in second, a second faster than Hamilton’s teammate, Jenson Button in third, with Mark Webber in fourth, Robert Kubica in fifth and current championship leader Fernando Alonso sixth fastest.
If the race were to finish this way, Vettel would be World Champion. Here are the many possible scenarios and outcomes for you:
1. If Alonso wins or is second, he is champion
2. If Webber wins, he wins the title if Alonso is third or worse
3. If Vettel wins and Alonso is 5th or worse, Vettel wins the title
4. If Hamilton wins, Alonso must fail to score, Webber be 6th or worse and Vettel 3rd or worse for Hamilton to win the title.
So there you have it. It’s all down to this final race in the Far East and we have four possible world champions.
It will be interesting to see what happens come Sunday. Red Bull have said there are no team orders in place and that they will leave it up to the drivers to decide whether to switch positions to beat Alonso, if the situation occurs.
Obviously Alonso is in the best position at the minute but the Red Bulls have been the dominant team this season and I expect them to be occupying the front row once more.
Whatever happens, the FIA can look back on this season with great pride as it has been one of the most entertaining and exciting for a long time.
Personally, my heart is backing Webber but my head says Alonso. Sunday should be a good day.

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