2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that was held at the Yas Marina Circuit on 3 November 2013. The race was the seventeenth round of the 2013 season, and marked the 5th running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The race, contested over 55 laps, was won by Sebastian Vettel, driving a Red Bull. Mark Webber finished second, and by Nico Rosberg driving a Mercedes was third. Vettel won the race 30.8s ahead of his Red Bull Team mate Mark Webber. Vettel's victory equalled Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher's record in 1953 and 2004 record for most consecutive wins in a season. This was Red Bull's 100th podium.
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Like the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, tyre supplier Pirelli brought its white-banded medium compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the yellow-banded soft compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.
During third practice Mercedes and Red Bull were close at the top and the session ended with Vettel two tenths of a second ahead of Webber who in turn was less than a hundredth of a second faster than Hamilton’s Mercedes
Webber qualified in pole position ahead of his Red Bull team mate Vettel who qualified in second. The Mercedes drivers of Hamilton and Rosberg qualified on the second row of the grid. Fernando Alonso was the highest placed driver in the world championship standings who failed to qualify for the final round of qualifying.
Kimi Räikkönen was excluded from qualifying and was relegated to twenty-second place on the grid having originally qualified fifth place on the grid after his car failed a floor deflection test.
The race began with Vettel in second on the grid overtaking Webber into the first corner and then leading until the chequered flag . Rosberg moved up to second position, while Kimi Räikkönen starting from the back of the grid broke his right-front suspension after contact with Giedo van der Garde, causing him to retire from the race. German Nico Hülkenberg, during his first pit-stop was deemed to have been unsafely released and was given a drive through penalty. Grosjean, advanced from sixth on the grid to fourth after the start. During the first half of the race, Felipe Massa led his team-mate Alonso, but was overtaken by Alonso in the latter stages of the race. After Alonso's second pit-stop, he came out of the pitlane and moved around backmarker Jean-Éric Vergne, going off the racetrack with all four wheels in a move that consequently caused Massa to run wide into turn five.  Vettel won the race by 30.8s over Webber.
^1 - Kimi Räikkönen qualified fifth, but was disqualified from qualifying when his car failed a floor deflection test.
^2 - Jules Bianchi qualified twentieth, but penalised five grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change and started from twenty-first after Räikkönen was disqualified from qualifying.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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