In fine Vettel: Sebastian is World Champion in Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel takes the 2010 World Drivers’ Championship in Abu Dhabi

The German is peerless in the desert, taking a blinding win and winning the championship by four points

Former championship leader Fernando Alonso suffers torrid afternoon behind Vitaly Petrov after early pit stop and finishes eighth

Brits Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finish second and third in the race, whilst Mark Webber is ninth and loses out on the championship too

Sebastian Vettel today won his first world championship in the desert today to add the drivers’ crown to his Red Bull team’s constructors’ title.

Vettel was third in the standings before the race started, but executed an exemplary weekend from pole to flag and had an answer pace-wise for anything that was thrown at him.

While all eyes were on the two championship leaders Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber going into the afternoon, Vettel went quietly about his business and triumphed in the end.

Fernando Alonso, leading the standings before the weekend started, was in contention until the decision was made to pit the Spaniard by his Ferrari team. This was in order to cover Mark Webber, who was suffering from tyre graining, and pitted relatively early. The victor Vettel and the second and third placed men Hamilton and Button did not pit so early and with hindsight their decision was the better one.