Red Bulls in a China op’

Sebastian Vettel landed Red Bull Racing their first Formula One win at the Chinese GP, and as if that wasn’t enough for the Milton Keynes based team, Mark Webber made it a one-two.

Like his first win at the Italian GP last season, Vettel led from the front and drove superbly in very wet conditions, managing to not put a foot wrong all day.

He crossed the finish line almost 11 seconds ahead of teammate Webber, who you had to feel a little sorry for as he desperately wanted Red Bull’s first ever win.

But it was the young German who drove a peerless race, and it was good to see him up there on the podium top spot too, as he’s one of the most likeable guys on the F1 grid.

He was obviously delighted with the result, and said: “[It’s the] second time now I’ve won a grand prix in the wet. The car was fantastic, it is definitely necessary to mention [that the] team did a really, really good job in preparing the car.”

Brawn GP’s Jenson Button was left trailing in third, and admitted that the Red Bulls were just too fast for him today: “We couldn’t challenge these people [Vettel and Webber] today, who were immensely quick, but it is great to score six points which is important for the consistency.”

If you’d told Jenson this time last year that he’d be ‘trailing’ with a third spot, then I think he’d have been pretty chuffed with that.

Button’s teammate Rubens Barrichello finished fourth, with the resurgeant McLarens of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

Ferrari had another shocker of a day, Kimi Raikkonen only getting a distant twelfth, and Felipe Massa having to abandon his car after it packed up on the side of the road. His frustrations were visible as he banged his car in anger.

On a slightly different note, I thought Mike Gascoigne did a great job of punditry and had a nice, easy rapport with David Coulthard – definitely better than Eddie Jordan on both counts. I also thought Martin Brundle’s grid walk was more punchy when accompanied by DC too. Good work BBC.

Wow, I managed to write an F1 blog about Sebastian Vettel without likening his ability to Michael Schumacher.


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