November 4th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- There's no doubt that the 2012 Abu Dhabi GP was an exciting one. Incidents almost every five minutes, one big accident (Rosberg-Karthikeyan) one minor accident (Perez-Grosjean-Webber), drama at the top (Hamilton car breaking when leading), drama at the top and then, the furious charge that brought Vettel from 24th to 3rd.
The defending champion and tournament leader managed to overcome many circumstances to drive one of his best races of his career to jump to the podium in third after having to start from the pit lane.
"Yesterday was a surprise for us and I think had we started from third it would have been a different race," he said. "[Starting from the pit lane] was obviously a chance to f*** it up and we didn't do that. So we can be very proud today, we got the maximum and we lost only a very little bit. We've still got the momentum and the car is bloody quick so I'm looking forward to the next two races. We are definitely believing in it and that's the target."
However, Vettel believed a podium was possible even before the start of the race.
"I did to be honest with you," he said. "After the first couple of laps that target was drifting a little bit away and I had a messy start to the race and it was quite difficult from the back to get through the cars as quick as I did.
"I wanted to get through the cars as quickly as I could and I damaged my front wing. Then under the safety car I had a bit of a big mistake with Daniel [Ricciardo], who was stopping his car on the straights, which surprised me. If it had been 50 metres earlier or later I wouldn't have damaged my front wing further, but after that I said to myself 'Either I go full attack or nothing, so that's what I did'.
"I had a fantastic race and obviously the safety car was helping at the second one and in the end it was a nice fight with Jenson [Button]. He was difficult to pass and I expected to have a little bit of an easier time because I was passing slower cars before, but with him I was really struggling. I just squeezed my way past into turn 11, which was nice. It was a thrilling grand prix, up and down the whole time, and obviously it's very nice to pick up the trophy." Vettel Said.
The German managed to keep a 10-point margin over Alonso in the standings. This result might represent the most important one of the season if he becomes a champions for third straight year.