Austrian drinks firm´s boast that they give you wings comes true in a rain sodden Shanghai GP. German sensation Sebastian Vettel takes victory, while his Australian team-mate Mark Webber completed the well deserved "One-Two" finish.
This marked a maiden win for the privately owned race team "Red Bull Racing". Once again, the private teams after three races run in the 2009 Formula One season, are showing the richer "works" teams the way forward. Third and fourth places were taken by the two BrawnGP drivers of Jenson Button (GBR) and Rubens Barrichello (BRA). While the best placed "works" team McLaren-Mercedes came in fifth and sixth with World Champ Lewis Hamilton (GBR) and Heiki Kovalainen (FIN). The remaining points positions were taken by Timo Glock (GER) driving for ToyotaF1 and Sebastién Buemi (SWI) driving for Torro Rosso.
This was an action packed race that had rain from start to finish. It made me think that this is how it should be - pour a bucket of water over 20 hot headed F1 drivers and stand back and watch what happens.........
Vettel who started from pole position, led a trouble free race for himself and never made one single mistake. Unlike many others who had loads of "moments". including two world champions. Lewis Hamilton tried his best to get as far forward as possible, but still could only finish 6th due his moments of entertainment dancing in the rain. And Fernando Alonso just seemed to backwards in his Renault. Ferrari had another disaster and finished up with no points for the third time in a row. Kimi Raikkonen finished in 10th, and his Ferrari team mate Felipé Massa broke down. Ferrari will be in for a mauling from the Italian press tomorrow, and more heads will roll.
I enjoyed the race, and I am liking the way the season is progressing thus far. It makes a change to see the bigger richer teams playing catch-up while the privateers win the races. They need to make the most of it, because eventually the others will develope.
And it is only a week till the next race, in the desert in Bahrain. Shouldn´t be any rain there......................
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