Kimi Raikkonen wins 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: The iceman cometh to see desert Lotus bloom
The year was 1987, the big race, the United States GP. The race saw Ayrton Senna stand atop the podium at race end in a Lotus car. 25 years later, Kimi Raikkonen wins 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for Lotus. The 2009 Belgian GP was the last time Kimi won a F1 race. The battle at the top between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel did not disappoint with both racers finishing in top 3. Vettel despite being penalised and starting at the end of the grid did go past almost every racer.
Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg crashed into Narain Karthikeyan’s slower Hispania, and both drivers were unhurt. Michael Schumacher began the race in 13th place, and finished 11th, thereby not scoring a point. Sahara force India last month chose to take fashion to a new limit by joining hands with premier London fashion house Hackett London. Drivers visited the store at DLF Emporio Mall and models were dressed in fashionable wear which epitomized casual and formal styles particular to the Hackett London autumn range when the team was competing in the Indian Grand Prix. Through a live mannequin presentation, interpretation of the Sahara Force India team was brought to life for those present.
This was the first event after Sahara Force India and Hackett London joined hands in what both hope to be a long and fulfilling partnership. Managing director of Hackett London said that the brand was vested with interests of Sahara Force India and would be backing them every step of the way in their F1 competitions. One can hope that with such a tie up fashion will eventually be brought to the rush lane. 2012 Indian Grand Prix saw Sahara Force India add 4 points to their count with Nico Hulkenberg finishing the race in 8th place. At Abu Dhabi today, Nico Hulkenberg missed out on points by crashing out at the start of race. Getting squeezed between Williams driver Bruno Senna, and own team-mate Nico Hulkenberg left him with no choice but to make contact, sending him into early retirement after having qualified for the race at 10th place seated comfortably in Row 5. Paul di Resta was in 12th place on the grid, and ended the 2012 Abu Dhabi GP with 2 points having placed 9th.