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Hamilton claims victory in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

British driver takes the chequered flag as world champion Vettel goes out on lap 1

Hamilton claims victory in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 13, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
Hamilton claims victory in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
McLaren Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning on the podium at the Yas Marina circuit on November 13, 2011 in Abu Dhabi after the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. (AFP/Getty Images)
Hamilton claims victory in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
McLaren Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates in the parc ferme at the Yas Marina circuit on November 13, 2011 in Abu Dhabi after the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. (AFP/Getty Images)

British driver Lewis Hamilton claimed victory on Sunday in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Circuit.

The McLaren-Mercedes star took the chequered flag comfortably ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button taking the final place on the podium.

Hamilton took full advantage of pole sitter Sebastian Vettel's early exit from the race after his car suffered a puncture on the first lap.

The victory was a return to form for Hamilton who has struggled this year both on and off the track. He dominated at the Abu Dhabi circuit to earn his first triumph since the German Grand Prix in July.

After the race, Hamilton dedicated the victory to his mother who celebrated her birthday on Sunday. He said it had been one of his best races. "I'm ecstatic, I'm very happy to be back up here [on top of the podium]."

Vettel said the cause of the puncture which forced his first retirement since the race in Korea last year was still a mystery.

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