Vettel scores Red Bull’s maiden win

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. McLaren seem to have taken a step forward. Hamilton looked unbeatable when he wasn’t flying off the track, Vettel drove well, although I’d love to see if the Red Bulls would have had the same advantage in the dry.

  2. really enjoyed that! vettel is a class act for sure.

    on another note well done the bbc great coverage yet again. the legard and brundle pairing sounding better every race i also thought mike gascoyne was really good.

  3. Great race, well-deserved for Red Bull.

    Again, shame for Sutil, but is it just me or are the wheel tethers just not working at all this season?

    First we had Kubica’s wheels flying in Melbourne and now Sutil’s came straight off in a crash where they really shouldn’t have. Quite dangerous actually.

    Anyway, let’s hope Red Bull can keep up this pace in the dry and give Brawn a run for their money in the championship.

  4. Of course, this also means that still no driver has won more than once in China…

    04 – Barrichello
    05 – Alonso
    06 – Schumacher
    07 – Raikkonen
    08 – Hamilton
    09 – Vettel

  5. Heh, will have to see if their sales of the drink will shoot up this week :p

  6. HounslowBusGarage
    19th April 2009, 11:58

    Will there be more changes in the Ferari team after that showing? Not sure why Massa stopped, though.
    Why do you think Reubens was so slow in the middle part of the race? Could it just be that the Brawn’s aren’t quite so good in the rain after all? We know Barrichelo *is* good in the wet.
    There was an article here a while ago about Adrian Newey versus Schumacher, I think. If anyone can recall the title, could they post a link, it would stand reading again. It looks as though Newey has come up trumps again – if the car can be adapted to deal with a DDD, it could be fantastic.

  7. redbull: drink sucks, but cars and drivers are great. With a super diffuser the Newy cars are championship winners. Just like cool balls Vettel.

  8. Red Bull Cola is where it’s at.

    Oh, and the team is pretty good too.

  9. if (!) vettel wins this year championship he will be the youngest wdc after fittipaldi (24), alonso (23) and hamilton (23).

    until buemi comes along!

  10. StrFerrari4Ever
    19th April 2009, 13:23

    Oh this feels so good :D get in there Sebastian a great display. Mark Webber good second place & the action in the midfield was great Buemi surely wouldve finished higher if it wasn’t for him hitting Vettel but he showed that he could be one for the future to challenge Vettel.

    Ferrari oh dear oh dear no points and seemingly being overtaken by Mclaren in development surely this wont continue for long but i’m still buzzing Vettel BabySchumi indeed this year could be his you never know

  11. Red Bull the drink is nice :D. Kudos to Vettel, the man can do no wrong if he starts from pole in a wet race.

  12. Sush Meerkat
    19th April 2009, 13:42

    Once again, Kubica hates Trulli, smashes into him out of spite.
    A rookie torro rosso driver hits a red bull in the rain behind safety car.

    I’ve seen this race before, its Chinada 2007!

    1. Pretty amazing that Kubica was still able to overtake other drivers with that car, let alone continue. Good race.

      Kovalainen seems to have improved over last year. Piquet and Nakajima again showed why they would be best suited to NOT driving an F1 car. Fisichella should probably retire soon, too. Speaking of retirements, I was hoping to see Kimi get another WDC, but at the moment it’s not looking too good for that. He peaked in 2005.

      Finally, as much as I hate to complain, Channel 10 sunk to a new level of bad with their broadcasting. The race commenced live in China at 5PM local time, and I watched it over the internet. I’m glad I did that – Channel 10 was advertising that they were broadcasting the grand prix “live” at 11:15PM that night – but at 9PM, they announced the winners in the news, spoiling the race for every Australian F1 fan who also happened to be watching TV tonight.

    2. Digital is your friend.

      It was live on ONE. Ten never broadcast outside races live.

  13. Vettel rain master bla bla bla
    Ok hi takes his 2 wins in the rain but starting from pole
    Lets see him begin from a middle of the field.
    Previous rain master (LH) spinning 5 or 6 times today because hi was fighting for positions. Let see Vettel in those kind of situation before we call him the king.

    1. That’s what I was thinking. there’s no denying he’s good, and the same with Sutil. Until we see them Sutil and Vettel in reasonable cars fighting for possitions, it’s hard to judge how good they really are. After all, Webber was similarly fast yet he’s never been called a great rain-driver has he?

    2. Hey, Lewis won two races in the wet and he was labelled the rain meister as well.

      Look, lets looks at it this way, if there is one person who deserves the tag rain meister on the current grid, its Ruebens, simply because he’s done it so many times, his track record in the wet is proof enough. Micheal Schumacher didn’t get the tag of Rain Meister after 2 seasons in F1, he earned the tag over the years with consistent performances in the rain.

      Whatever said and done, Vettel drove a great race from the front, didn’t put a foot wrong, his consistency was frightening at times. He strung 10 laps in the low 1 min 54s one after the other.

  14. What I’d like to know is why Webber was called the the pits before Vettel. I assumed he had more fuel in his car than Vettel.

  15. Oilver, mark weighs more than vettel.

  16. @ m0tion… Whay should that make a difference? The cars with either Vettel or Webber sat in them will still weigh 605kg.

  17. I was surprised by the fact that God Save the Queen was played for Red Bull Racing. I thought they ran on an Austrian licence.

  18. Ahh M0tion, got it..This is real confusing stuff. So webber was lighter..I really see the light. I guess the FIA would now have to publish each driver’s weight well at least once.

  19. To be honest I thought I was hearing God save Mclaren from the FIA.

  20. Great race ! Fantastic result for RBR and very joyous to see Webber on the podium.

    Some surprising performances back in the pack though, *** were Renault thinking putting Alonso on such a heavy fuel load in the rain? And as for Nelson “Pirouette” Piquet, he might be looking for a new job sooner rather than later. Shame about Sutil, I was really hoping he could snag a point or two. Same goes for Buemi.

    And the less said about Ferrari the better…

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