Kimi Raikkonnen drove to his second podium of the season at the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday, taking third as Mercedes-AMG Petronas’ Nico Rosberg won the race and teammate Lewis Hamilton took a close second.
Rosberg started from pole and was able to create a solid gap between Hamilton and him early on. This put Hamilton on strategy, with the Briton extending his second stint in order to have fresher soft compound Pirelli tires at the end of the race. This allowed Hamilton to close Rosberg’s 12.5-second gap to just 6.8-seconds with four laps left, however Hamilton was unable to reel the German in after hitting traffic.
Raikkonen, meanwhile, started from the second row of the grid after qualifying third and drove a consistent race to take the podium. The result puts Raikkonen in fourth in the drivers’ standings – ahead of fellow Fin Valterri Bottas and behind teammate Vettel.
It was a more turbulent race for Vettel, who started from 15th on the grid after running out of a time to set a properly fast lap in qualifying. He slowly worked his way through the field and ran a two-stop strategy, taking a set of soft tires and then a set of super softs on Lap 39.
In fifth was Force India’s Sergio Perez, followed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in in sixth. Perez’ teammate Hulkenberg claimed seventh place, with Williams’ Felipe Massa taking eighth and Lotus’ Romain Gorsjean taking ninth in his last-ever GP with the Enstone-based team. Red Bull’s Danil Kyvat rounded out of the top ten.
Formula 1 will return in 2016 with the start of the Australian GP, but not before teams complete a 12-hour tire test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.