Vettel: Abu Dhabi a highlight of the season
30 October 2012 – Sebastian Vettel has declared the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a 'highlight of the season' ahead of this weekend's race, with the German returning to the scene of his maiden world title. The Red Bull driver, who won at the venue in both 2009 and 2010, is hoping for more of the same as he hones in on a third championship crown.
"In just three years, the race has grown to be one of the highlights of the season," said Vettel, who retired on the opening lap of last year's race with a right-rear puncture. "Starting at dusk and finishing in the dark makes it something unique and impressive.
"I have special memories; in 2009 I won there and then repeated the victory in 2010 to win my first World Championship, so it’s an event I will never forget.
"The circuit itself is impressive: 5.5km long, with large run-off areas and a pit lane exit that goes through a tunnel to the other side of the track."
The current championship situation sees Vettel lead chief rival Fernando Alonso by 13 points, with 75 available from the final three races in Abu Dhabi, America and Brazil.