F1 result: Hamilton wins 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / www.mclaren.com]

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FORMULA 1 star Lewis Hamilton has won today’s 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for his 17th career victory.

The 26-year-old from Hertfordshire took the chequered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit after taking the lead on the opening lap.

Starting second on the grid, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver took advantage of pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel suffering a puncture at the first corner and having to retire.

Hamilton then controlled the 55-lap race from the front to claim his third F1 win of 2011.

As he crossed the finish line, the McLaren pitwall told Hamilton over the radio: “A brilliant race, Lewis.

“A very controlled race. Well done!”

Hamilton replied: “Brilliant job, guys. As always.

“I want to dedicate this one to my mum. Happy birthday, and thanks for coming.”

Watched by the likes of British golfer Rory McIlroy, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, Fernando Alonso took the second step on the podium for Ferrari more than eight seconds behind the on-song McLaren man from Herts.

Hamilton’s McLaren team-mate Jenson Button was third after taking Webber in the closing laps, the Red Bull driving having to pit late on for a compulsory tyre change.

After joining Lewis on the podium, Button said: “Congratulations to Lewis, awesome drive!”

Webber eventually crossed the line fourth and Felipe Massa was fifth for Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were sixth and seventh respectively in the final results for Mercedes GP.

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