Vettel's glorious victory deconstructed
An extraordinary set of circumstances, some brilliant driving, a hint of irony and one very bad decision combined to ensure Sebastian Vettel became champion of the world in Abu Dhabi. Adam Cooper explains how it all came together in the final analysis
Just before the cars left the garages to join the grid in Abu Dhabi loud dance music was blasting out of the Red Bull garage, its beat so infectious that even camera crews waiting outside couldn't resist bopping along.
It seemed an odd way to keep your crew calm and chilled before the biggest race that any of them have been involved with. However, team manager Jonathan Wheatley, sitting on the pit wall watching the last minute preparations, disagreed.
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