The 2012 Formula One racing season could well go down as one of the greatest of all time, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix may well be its showpiece. The Yas Marina circuit witnessed the return of the 'Iceman' Kimi Raikkonen to the top step of the podium as the Finnish driver ended a 15 year wait for Lotus to register their first win as a manufacturer since Ayrton Senna won the United States Grand Prix in Detroit in 1987. Fernando Alonso finished just a second behind the Flying Finn, producing another exceptional drive which included a bit of everything to cut the gap in the Drivers' Championship. However, it was the third placed man Sebastian Vettel, who responded to all his critics with perhaps his greatest performance ever as he started the race from dead last to finish on the podium to minimize the damage to his title challenge. Vettel will thus take a 10 point lead with him to Austin, which will incidentally signal the return of the United States GP in the penultimate race of the season.
Sebastian Vettel's qualifying annulment due to the absence of sufficient fuel in his car being made available for testing meant that the fight for the Drivers' Championship between the young German and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was well and truly back on. Instead of starting the race from the back of the field, Red Bull decided to work on Vettel's car overnight and start from pit lane instead allowing him to set the car up to make overtaking a tad easier. He was also one of only three drivers alongwith Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna who started the race on the prime tyres.