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F1 2009, Round 3 - China // Red Bull secure a 1-2 victory at the Shanghai circuit

Published by Christine

This article was originally written for BellaOnline, but is republished here for posterity.

When Vettel took pole in qualifying on Saturday, it wasn't a complete surprise. The Red Bulls have been threatening the Brawn GP drivers in terms of speed and it was only a matter of time before they made it stick.

Webber held a provisional pole, before Vettel took it from him, and the real surprise in qualifying was Fernando Alonso in second. Lining up on the front row of the grid, very light on fuel, we were eager to see what he could do at the first corner.

Unfortunately, we were robbed of the chance, as on Sunday, it had been raining all morning and wasn't showing any signs of stopping. The race began behind the Safety Car, which stayed out for 8 laps. Alonso pitted just as the safety car came in which meant the battle never happened.

Nevertheless, Vettel streaked away into the lead, navigating through the puddles, whilst the best battles happened behind him. Trulli and Kubica came together, with the Pole riding up over the Toyota and breaking off it's rear wing. Webber and Button scrapped through several corners, with each driver running wide to allow the other through, and then the Australian putting in a fine overtaking move to eventually grab the position.

Sutil was running up in sixth, before crashing out in the last few laps, after being unable to turn the corner. Another crushing disappointment for the Force India boys who could use a good points haul as motivation, if nothing else.

Massa also retired, his Ferrari just coming to a halt out on track. Räikkönen didn't have a much better day, finishing out of the points. The pair of them not benefitting from the lack of KERS. Hamilton also struggled today, spinning five times in the wet conditions. Teammate Heikki kept it much cleaner, and both finished in decent points positions - an improvement for McLaren.

Finally, Vettel took the top spot, with Webber making it a Red Bull 1-2, and Button joining them on the podium. Vettel's second career victory was Red Bull's first, and no doubt they celebrated late into the night.