Heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix all eyes were on former champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso as he held a comfortable 15 point lead over Vettel and was the F1 odds favorite to not only win the race but to wrap up another Drivers Cup without much trouble.
However, Alonso pitted early and could never get back up to the front of the pack. He finished a very disappointing 7th place in Abu Dhabi and saw his title hopes dashed.
Vettel finished the season with 256 points, 4 points better than Alonso (252). With the win Vettel becomes the youngest F1 champion in the history of the sport replacing England’s Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton who was in the mix to win a second F1 betting title for most of the year had to win in Abu Dhabi to have any chance in the 2010 F1 odds. He finished 2nd and the season 4th in the point standings.
Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber finished 8th in Abu Dhabi and saw his title chances slip away as well. Webber finished 3rd overall in the Drivers’ standings and capped an incredible season for Red Bull.
Vettel, the young German racer is unlikely champion. First of all, this Red Bull wasn’t supposed to perform this well this early in the F1 odds competition but the new team was on top of its game all season and consistently provided Vettel and Webber with top cars. But Vettel himself wasn’t even favored to win the title among his own team, as Webber started the day just 8 points behind Alonso and was thought to be Red Bull’s best chance at taking the Driver’s Cup.
But Vettel pulled off the great upset grabbing theF1 betting point’s lead for the first time all season when it mattered most.