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Raikkonen storms to Abu Dhabi F1 glory

Lotus driver takes chequered flag after pole sitter Lewis Hamilton suffers mechanical breakdown

Raikkonen storms to Abu Dhabi F1 glory
Lotus F1 Teams Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull Racings German driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium at the Yas Marina circuit on November 4, 2012 in Abu Dhabi after the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. (Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen on Sunday won his first Grand Prix on the season after storming to victory in Abu Dhabi.

The flying Finn, who was the 2007 world champion, took the chequered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit in the Lotus car, ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and world champion Sebastian Vettel.

It was Raikkonen's first F1 victory since 2009 as he became the eighth different driver to win a race this year.

Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton was forced out of the race while leading on Lap 20 when his McLaren Mercedes car lost power.

The result means Red Bull's Vettel, who started the race from the back after problems in qualifying, retains his championship lead with just two races to go in the US and Brazil.

Vettel drove a sensational race to put finish in fourth place despite having to start from the pit lane after his car had a fuel violation on Saturday during the qualifying session.

He also had to make a pit stop after the front wing of his car was damaged in an early collision.

Vettel now holds a 10 point lead at the top of the Formula 1 drivers championship over Alonso, the only other driver still in the hunt.

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