If Red Bull really are going to dominate the rest of the championship at least we can take heart from the fact their two drivers have been pretty evenly-matched over the first six races.
|Sebastian Vettel||Mark Webber|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’14.227 (+0.401)||1’13.826|
|Average race lap||1’24.792 (+0.006)||1’24.787|
For the second race running Vettel was soundly beaten by his team mate. Webber’s margin of superiority in qualifying was four tenths of a second.
In the race Vettel got the jump on Robert Kubica at the start to take second place, but after each of the safety car periods he could only watch as Webber drew away from him.
That was especially so in the first stint on super-soft tyres (see chart above).
At the first round of stops Webber was so far ahead the team were happy to bring Vettel in first to protect his position from Kubica without running the risk of inadvertently helping him pass Webber as well.
Dazzled in qualifying with two great, barrier-brushing laps to grab pole position.
In the race he was both quick and calm – always able to leave the chasing pack behind him after a restart.
Avoided getting caught up in the Trulli-Chandhok mess and took a thoroughly deserved second win of 2010. Can he carry on like this?