Sebastian Vettel was left grinning and calling for more rain-hit F1 races on Sunday after giving the Red Bull team their wings with a thrilling win in the Chinese Grand Prix.india Updated: Apr 19, 2009 22:41 IST
Sebastian Vettel was left grinning and calling for more rain-hit F1 races on Sunday after giving the Red Bull team their wings with a thrilling win in the Chinese Grand Prix.
The brilliant 21-year-old German came home triumphant ahead of his teammate Mark Webber of Australia in a one-two finish for the English-based outfit in treacherous conditions. The result ended the early-season domination of the new Brawn GP team as Briton Jenson Button finished third ahead of Brazilian teammate Rubens Barrichello.
There were encouraging signs that the troubled McLaren outfit are starting to find their feet with Finn Heikki Kovalainen and British defending world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing fifth and sixth respectively.
Germany's Timo Glock was seventh for Toyota and Swiss rookie Sebastien Buemi came home eighth to claim the final point for Toro Rosso.
But Ferrari again failed to score for the third time this season -- now their worst start to a racing year since 1981 with Felipe Massa retiring with mechanical problems and Kimi Raikkonen coming in a midfield position. And there was agony for Force India which looked on course for its first ever point with Adrian Sutil in sixth with five laps to go, but the German lost control of his car and crashed out.
Despite only coming third, Button stayed on top of the drivers title race with 21 points ahead of Barrichello on 15 with Vettel third on 10.
Vettel was understandably delighted at his second victory, following his breakthrough win for Toro Rosso in Italy last year, where his pole and win made him the youngest driver in F1 history to achieve such feats.
"We had to push hard in the beginning to get away from the pack and we succeeded. There was a lot of aquaplaning. Sometimes you were just keeping the car on the circuit," said Vettel. "I think I had the best conditions, but it was still extremely difficult — especially in the last corner. It's my second win, and the second in the wet. Now maybe we can have some more rain!"
Sutil heartbroken after missing points
Germany's Adrian Sutil was heartbroken when for the second time in his brief career a crash deprived him of scoring the Force India team's first points. "It was such a big disappointment again. But we have to get over it.”
First Published: Apr 19, 2009 22:40 IST