• ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner before retiring early during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso from Spain steers his car during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov.12, 2011. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during at the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.13, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car to take pole position during the qualifying session at the Yas Marina racetrack , in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov.12, 2011. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 12: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 12, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain leads ahead of Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil at the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack , in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.13, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Mc Laren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Britain raises his fist after he wins the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
  • ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • From left, second place Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, Andy Latham Hamilton race engineer , McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, winner, and third placed McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain stand on the podium during at the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack , in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov.13, 2011. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Red Bull German driver, Sebastian Vettel reacts during the third free practice at the Yas Marina racetrack, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Nov.12, 2011. The Emirates Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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