Setting the scene for Abu Dhabi

Setting the scene for Abu Dhabi

Fernando Alonso's tune has been one of over-optimism of late, but if the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taught the Spaniard anything is that F1 can turn around quickly. Edd Straw sets the scene for a race that is crucial for the title fight

If Fernando Alonso needed any reminding that even the most bleak situation is redeemable, he need only think back two years to the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. There, he spent 40 painful laps staring at the yellow rear wing of Vitaly Petrov's Renault, knowing that with each corner that passed his third world championship crown grew more and more distant.

Then, he was the hunted and had easily the strongest hand heading into the race. Sebastian Vettel, who went on to win the title, was a massive 15 points behind and Alonso and Ferrari were more concerned about the other Red Bull of Mark Webber.

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