14 Nov 2011

Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi

7:29 am on 14 November 2011

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the floodlit Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after Red Bull's double Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel suffered his first race retirement in more than a year.

Hamilton, celebrating the third win of a troubled season for the 2008 champion, enjoyed a clean race to take the chequered flag ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with McLaren team mate Jenson Button a distant third.

Vettel, who has already clinched this year's title, was pitched off by a puncture at turn two of the opening lap after making a clean start from his record-equalling 14th pole of the season.

The 24-year-old German managed to nurse his Red Bull back to the garage on three tyres and a rim but he was forced to retire once mechanics had surveyed the damage.

The retirement ended Vettel's hopes of matching Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a single season as well as a hat-trick of Abu Dhabi wins.

He currently has 11 wins from 2011 with only the Brazilian Grand Prix remaining.