Malaysian GP team-by-team: Red Bull

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Red Bull had more reliability problems in practice. But avoiding the mistakes Ferrari and McLaren made in qualifying left them with a clear run to a one-two on race day.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 3 1
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’50.789 (+1.462) 1’49.327
Race position 1 2
Average race lap 1’40.507 (-0.087) 1’40.594
Laps 56/56 56/56
Pit stops 1 1
Malaysian Grand Prix lap times - Red Bull
Malaysian Grand Prix lap times - Red Bull (click to enlarge)

Sebastian Vettel

After two races with pole position but no win, Vettel finally ended a race weekend in 2010 with the 25 points he deserved.

It was something of a surprise to see him beaten in a wet qualifying session not just by his team mate, but also Nico Rosberg.

But Vettel made the move when it counted – on the first lap, squeezing past his team mate to take the lead. Webber never looked like catching him.

Compare Sebastian Vettel’s form against his team mate in 2010

Mark Webber

Webber’s second career pole position on Saturday came thanks to a tactical masterstroke hatched with race engineer Ciaran Pilbeam. The gamble to use intermediate tyres while everyone else was on wets worked beautifully, giving him pole position by more than a second.

Having seized that precious advantage over his team mate, it was astonishing to see him relinquish it so easily on race day.

Jinxing left at the first corner allowed Vettel a run down the inside and into a lead he was never going to lose. On the podium afterwards Webber looked gutted.

Compare Mark Webber’s form against his team mate in 2010