Victory - and second place - in China Congratulations to our drivers and team as Sebastian Vettel took our first ever win in China today - with Mark Webber taking second place. In a race which started behind the safety car and saw spins,...
Victory - and second place - in China
Congratulations to our drivers and team as Sebastian Vettel took our first ever win in China today - with Mark Webber taking second place.
In a race which started behind the safety car and saw spins, crashes and shunts, Vettel lead for nearly every lap with Webber battling with Button.
After a faultless 56 laps in terms of drive and strategy, Sebastian took the honours from pole finishing ten seconds ahead of his team-mate.
Over the team radio in the warm-down lap Seb could not contain his pleasure - and gratitude to the team: "It was a dream to drive today and so much fun, thank you, thank you."
Here's what the team said after the race...
Sebastian: "It's unbelievable -- I'm so, so happy. Ten laps from the end I tried to control the gap between me and the car behind and adapt my pace. I was trying to have everything under control, but it was difficult. At some points I was trying to bring the car home, but that meant I lost focus, so then I just tried to take it corner by corner, not looking too far ahead. On the last two laps I backed off a bit, as I didn't want to risk aquaplaning on the water at the side of the track. And then... well it's just fantastic. Winning my second race, one with Toro Rosso and one with Red Bull, makes me extremely happy and I hope we can continue working in this direction! I'm extremely proud and happy. I'm so happy to have won the race, it was an enormous and great job by the whole of Red Bull. I want to say a massive thank you to them all, everyone has worked so hard, so thanks to the team and also to Red Bull. Greetings to Austria!"
Mark: "It's such an incredible day for the team -- you have no idea what the guys went through last night. We were absolutely shitting ourselves that the cars wouldn't finish the race because everytime we ran yesterday, they stopped. So, it's incredible to get the cars home and to get maximum points. This comes after the near misses in Australia for Sebastian and for myself in Malaysia. It's a great day for the team in Milton Keynes, well done and thank you to them, and also to everyone in Austria. It was a challenging race at times! It was hard to follow the cars in the beginning due to the spray, but then further into the race, it started to settle a bit. After the second safety car stint, I had a good scrap with Jenson. On my official lap at the front, I couldn't believe how clear it was - I thought 'Oh my God, it's beautiful!' I then pushed like hell to make up as much time as possible -- it was fantastic. When Jenson re-passed me, I was very keen to try win the race, so I passed him around Turn seven as I knew he wouldn't know I would be there, it was one of the best moves of my career. I'm happy today!"
Christian Horner: "A great result for the team and Red Bull. It's testimony to all the effort and hard work that Red Bull and Mr Mateschitz has committed to Formula One. I want to thank Red Bull and everyone in Milton Keynes, who have worked so hard for this. It's just an unbelievable result. We've got a great car, a great team, great drivers, a single diffuser and we have a double one to come, so we're looking good. The whole team and company can be very proud of this moment."
Fabrice Lom, Renault, Principal Engineer, Track Support: "What a result, we have a magic pair of drivers. Sebastian and Mark are very strong, very cool, and it's a pleasure to work with them. On behalf of all the Renault team, I would like to say that we are very proud to work with them both and be part of this Red Bull F1 adventure. I was also like to thank all the guys back at the factories in Milton Keynes, Viry and Mecachrome."
-credit: red bull