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Vettel bows out in style to fire warning to Brit rivals

SEBASTIAN VETTEL fired an early&nbsp; warning to his British title rivals in 2010 after producing a faultless drive to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix &ndash; the sport&rsquo;s first-ever day-night race.<br /><br />The German driver swept through the magnificent &pound;800m Yas Marina circuit for a fourth victory of the season ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who completed the team&rsquo;s fourth one-two of the calendar.<br /><br />New world champion Jenson Button came home in third after just falling short in a thrilling duel with Webber on the final lap, although fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton, starting on pole position, was forced to retire early with a brake problem.<br /><br />Vettel&rsquo;s victory ensured him of second place in the drivers&rsquo; championship, sandwiching Button and his Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello, who came home in fourth in what&rsquo;s expected to be his last race for the team.<br /><br />And Vettel believes the drive, which capped a third successive victory for the Milton Keynes-based team, will give their rivals something to think about in the closed season.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was a powerful performance,&rdquo; the 22 year-old said. &ldquo;I stayed close enough early on to Hamilton and knowing I was a little bit heavier, that was the secret, to stay with him. <br /><br />&ldquo;I did enough to get past him. Unfortunately he had to retire but it was still a fantastic race. Until the end the car was fantastic and working brilliantly on both sets of tyres. It was a pleasure this evening to sit in the car.&rdquo;<br /><br />Despite only finishing fifth in his first defence of his title, Hamilton remains a strong favourite for honours next season having finished the second half of the season with more points than any other driver.<br /><br />But the McLaren ace was disappointed not to have finished the season on a high. &ldquo;I was locking and locking and locking it was harder than ever to drive the car,&rdquo; he added. <br /><br />&ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t had many brake problems this year so there you go, but I still think the team should be really proud of how we have recovered this season.&rdquo;