How Hamilton returned to winning ways

How Hamilton returned to winning ways

Lewis Hamilton's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix win looked pretty straightforward, but, as Adam Cooper found out when he dug below the surface, there were a number of key factors behind his success

When Sebastian Vettel went spinning off at the beginning of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, you'd have been forgiven for suspecting that it's probably only his most-devoted fans who threw their hands up in horror. For most people the reaction was probably a variation on 'yes!' amid the realisation that the world champion's departure opened things up for someone else to win.

The German was certainly due some bad luck. Of course both he and Red Bull have done a magnificent job this year, especially in qualifying, but the stats have been skewed by the fact that nothing has gone wrong for him. You could argue that Jenson Button's two retirements were team problems and therefore part of the game, but consider Fernando Alonso, who has also had a season almost free of blemishes – except for Montreal, where Button tapped him into retirement.

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