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F1 flashback: Red Bull’s first 1-2 at China in 2009

Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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With the “Multi 21” controversy in Malaysia in the background, Red Bull Racing heads for a track where it has a happier history this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Some four years ago, well before any animosity between its teammates had bubbled to the surface, Sebastian Vettel led home Mark Webber for the Red Bull team’s first ever victory and, by default, its first 1-2 finish.

The win in the water-logged Chinese race was Vettel’s second of his career, after his first came with Scuderia Toro Rosso in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.

“My favorite memory of the Chinese Grand Prix is my first win with Red Bull Racing in 2009,” Vettel said in the team’s Chinese weekend advance. “We had a good qualifying, followed by an amazing race. There was a lot of rain, but we held it together and got our first team win and 1-2.”

On the losing end of that go-around, Webber admitted that first instance of finishing second to his three-time World Champion teammate is not his favorite memory at China. Instead, he chose his run in 2011.

Webber put in a barnstorming effort to come from 18th to third, behind Vettel in second and race winner Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton had made a great move on Vettel in the middle sector of the track to take the win.

  1. chaparral2f - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    If Webber is such a great driver, then why did Seb own him in 2009? I suppose the RB and Seb haters will say that Seb had better equipment, part of the BIG LIE they continue to trot out. Seb established himself as a champion and leader even back then. Too bad his teammate has had to be such a horse’s rear end about things over the years. Jealousy often does that and Webber has been a bitter man ever since.

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