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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Rub of the green helps Vettel

Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull Racing team used the perfect strategy in the gambler’s paradise of Monaco: they risked everything on stopping just once and it paid off handsomely with the World Champion’s fifth victory of the 2011 season.

On a weekend when the beautiful harbourside circuit bared its teeth, Vettel started from his fifth pole of the year, the 20th of his career, pitted with less than a quarter of the 78-lap race distance gone, and profited from a late-race Safety Car period to extend his World Championship lead to a massive 54 points.

Spanish Grand Prix Preview (Round 5)

20 -22 May 2011

Venue: Barcelona

Circuit Length:4.655 Km
Laps: 66
Lap Record: 1:21.670 = 205.191 km/h - K. Raikkonen (Ferrari) 2008

Aussie fans will hope Mark Webber can make his 2011 results read 5-4-3-2-1 by repeating his brilliant Barcelona win from 2010.

“The circuit is great, the surface and layout are both very good for driving an F1 car on the limit,” says Webber.

Last-gasp Button wins Canadian marathon

McLaren’s Jenson Button led for just seven corners of the Canadian Grand Prix – but they were the seven corners that mattered most after the Englishman swept past Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on the final lap to record a spectacular victory in Montreal.

A chaotic rain-interrupted race had ticked past the four-hour mark as the 70th and final lap commenced with Button hunting down Vettel, who had led from pole for the entire race.

Seb's Super-Quick, Mark's Mystified

by Stuart Sykes

World champion Sebastian Vettel said recently he intended to eliminate mistakes from his driving now that he is World Champion.

At Albert Park on Saturday the 23-year-old German gave stunning proof of his success with a flawless lap that carried him to the first pole position of 2011 and the 16th of his stellar career, with the rest of the field nearly eight-tenths of a second in his wake.

Vettel’s Red Bull-Renault was on pole here last year too – but that was despite a last-sector scrabble where he hung on by the seat of his pants.

Who said that?

World champion Sebastian Vettel took pole position for Sunday's season-opening Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park – then revealed that neither he nor team-mate Mark Webber had made any use of the power and speed-boost available with their Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS). 

"Not fully charged," he said, with a grin. “We'll keep that in the team... But this was a very good first step for us, to start the season this way is a good base.

VETTEL

World Champion Sebastian Vettel has kick-started his title defence with the fastest lap ever seen at Albert Park to take pole position for tomorrow’s 2011 Formula One Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel’s Red Bull went round the 5.3-km circuit in a time of 1:23.529 – four-tenths faster than his pole time last year – and will be joined on the front row by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

Mark Webber will star from third on the grid as he chases his first win on home soil.

Full report follows soon…

Sunday - Form Guide

Red Bull Racing

Qualifying: Sebastian Vettel pole position (1:23.529), Mark Webber 3rd (1:24.395)

The form: Vettel’s 16th pole and second in a row at Albert Park may have been the most impressive of his career, but it’s on Sundays where the 23-year-old world champion has struggled in Australia. Webber was downcast after being thrashed to the tune of 0.866secs by his teammate on Saturday, but is still in a strong position for a maiden top-three finish at home.

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