The 2010 Formula One season concluded at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel winning his second straight race to claim the World Drivers’ Championship on this day five years ago.
Vettel, aged 23 years and 134 days, became the youngest champion in the sport’s history and accomplished the feat in thrilling fashion on the final day.
Heading into the race, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was leading with 246 points, followed by Mark Webber with 238 and Vettel at 231.
Alonso finished the day in seventh, while Webber trailed in eighth as Vettel edged the former by four points in the final standings. It would be the start of a dominant four-year run.
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