Formula One 2012: the highlights
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Posted: 29 Nov 2012
Vettel comes back from the dead in Abu Dhabi
We were saying on Sunday just how astonishingly quickly Sebastian Vettel is able to get himself back in competition, back in the points from an apparently hopeless position.
He did it on Sunday and he did it in Abu Dhabi. The comeback to third from a pit lane start at Yas Marina must rank as the drive of the year, even if he did make it hard on himself by running in to the back of B-team-mate Daniel Ricciardo behind the safety car.
On the Thursday before the race Alonso had gone public with his belief that something would need to go wrong for Vettel if Ferrari were to take him to the title. And wrong it did go when the scrutineers were unable to drain enough fuel from Vettel's car to take a sample. Vettel's presence on the podium, let alone the 15 points he was able to salvage, must have destroyed Alonso. ‘What,' he must have thought ‘needs to happen to keep this man down.'