Vettel scores Red Bull’s maiden win

Sebastian Vettel dominated the Chinese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel dominated the Chinese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel has scored his second career win – and given Red Bull their first Formula 1 victory.

Just as he did for Toro Rosso at Monza last year, Vettel gave the team their first pole position yesterday and was rarely headed in the wet race.

Team mate Mark Webber took second, handing Red Bull a maiden one-two as well.

The Milton Keynes-based team, formerly known as Stewart and Jaguar, has been in F1 since 2005.

Johnny Herbert won the 1999 European Grand Prix for Stewart the Nurburgring, but this is the first win for the team since it became Red Bull.

Championship standings after China

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52 comments on Vettel scores Red Bull’s maiden win

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  1. Long live Ferrari! said on 19th April 2009, 10:07

    it really hurt to see Ferrari going back from china without any points.
    and the Force INDIA thing too.
    aah! don’t feel like doing anything now, not even f1!!
    :(

    • ajokay said on 20th April 2009, 9:36

      Great to see Ferrari score nil points again. Shame about Force India though. I think they’ll pack up at the end of this year if they have another pointless one.

  2. That was a great race.Can’t help but feel sorry for Sutil though…

  3. Great race well done Sebastian, amazing driver and button was supreme in the rain great drive from Heikki :)

  4. Saddy said on 19th April 2009, 10:13

    Bad luck for Sutil and Massa, Party is on for RB.. Vettel proves again that he is a great wet racing driver..

  5. beneboy said on 19th April 2009, 10:13

    A well deserved win, Vettel was brilliant again.

  6. I had to watch it in like Italian or something. Wish there was a free online feed that was in English.

  7. Dorian said on 19th April 2009, 10:15

    Vettel shines again!!….that kid is something special.

    p.s. really hope Ferrari pull their socks up!

  8. Well done Vettel. Job well done. I hope to see you in Ferrari soon. For Sutil, I feel so sorry. I think if Sutil will be given a competetive car, we will see more of him in the podium. For Ferrari, What are you guys doing?

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 19th April 2009, 10:15

    Fantastic result for Red Bull. I’m still not drinking the stuff though.

  10. Well done Vettel. Job well done. I hope to see you in Ferrari soon. For Sutil, I feel so sorry. I think if Sutil will be given a competitive car, we will see more of him in the podium. For Ferrari, What are you guys doing?

  11. Big Galah said on 19th April 2009, 10:20

    Go Mark!

    It seems RB have two of the best wet weather drivers around. Cant wait for next race when they get more downforce.

  12. luky said on 19th April 2009, 10:21

    alonso spins 2 gp’s in a row losing about 4 to 6 points.

  13. martinb said on 19th April 2009, 10:23

    Red Bull and Toyota got their slogans mixed up.

    Now it’s Toyota gives you wings, and everything keeps going right, Red Bull.

  14. Patrickl said on 19th April 2009, 10:26

    Pretty dull race at the front, but I guess that means that it’s nicely done for the Red Bulls and Brawns. Behind them it was a bit of a circus of errors.

    Renault must by now really be pulling their hair out that they didn’t replace Piquet.

    Hamilton was having a lot of fun ;)

  15. Ben Ell said on 19th April 2009, 10:35

    Damn that racist FIA kept putting puddles in Hamilton’s path! He surely would have won without their meddling!

    • Ben Ell said on 19th April 2009, 10:39

      by the way I’m obviously having a laugh at certain people’s expense.

      Well doen to Red Bull, fantastic to see their hard work reap their deserved rewards, including the drivers.

      It was obvious even from the back of his head that Flavio was on the verge of another epic tanty during the race.

    • Cameron said on 20th April 2009, 5:57

      The joke isn’t so funny when you immediately point out it was a joke. :(

  16. m0tion said on 19th April 2009, 10:42

    Vettel was very cool and consistent, Mark found a single puddle again when asked to push that cost him the challenge for the race. Great drive by Sutil which confirms him right up there with the best ever wet drivers and as he has so little aero downforce he was more on the edge than anyone. Barrichello should have been there so I suspect he had car trouble. I think RBR won it by selecting a higher downforce aero anticipating the wet.

  17. I tipped Red Bull before the start of the season to take out the WCC and I am even more confident now. With the new diffuser and chassis they will dominate at Spain the same way Brawn did in Australia.

    I am surprised at how poorly Toyota and Williams have performed. It suggests that once we have diffuser parity both teams will drop to the back of the midfield. Their cars are not stable in the wet – which is a bad sign.

    McLaren are performing consistently and have their drivers to thank. Lewis seemed to have over-steer problems today so I wouldn’t blame his problems today on his drive – which was otherwise excellent.

    Piquet needs to go, asap. He has a decent car yet couldn’t move from the back of the field. Sutil showed what a good driver can do in the wet with poor machinery and if Alonso had a better backup driver they should readily be taking away at least 2-3 points every race weekend.

    Ferrari seem to have big problems, to the point of where it seems now that it would take a new, fresh long-term plan with a refreshed team to see them out the front again.

    Otherwise an excellent race. I would say the championship now comes down to Button / Vettel and Brawn / Red Bull.

  18. Filipe said on 19th April 2009, 10:43

    Did Raikonnen set some kind of record of how many t8imes a driver is overtaked without a mistake? Everytime he showeds up on TV there were someone else trying to make a pass at him.

  19. andy said on 19th April 2009, 10:49

    Well done vettel,great to see people on the podium SMILING.
    Oh dear ferrari,mclaren LOL
    looks like titles between jenson vetal barra.
    THANK GOD (if there is a god up there)the l hamilton ROADSHOW has stopped may it continue!!!

  20. the Sri lankan said on 19th April 2009, 10:56

    I Wander what on earth happened to Toyota. are they going backwards as usual? im a huge Toyota fan but its almost unbelievable watching Jarno loosing upto two positions per lap before crashing out in that car when his team mate ( who was my driver of the Day) pulling a massive result from nothing. i hope they sort tings out before bahrain because this is unacceptable. does anyone know if this is due to their new double diffuser not working out?

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