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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Two Winners in China as Webber Produces Drive of his Career

Lewis Hamilton may have won Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix for McLaren but Australia’s Mark Webber produced the drive of the day – the drive of a lifetime – to come from 18th on the starting grid, take third place and secure a double podium finish for Red Bull.

Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who started from his third pole position of the year, led late in the 56-lap race but as the World Champion’s tyres fell away he had no answer to Hamilton and had to settle for second.

Red Bulls on Rampage Again

Sebastian Vettel headed up the ninth Red Bull Racing 1-2 finish in F1 history at Istanbul Park on Sunday to open up a commanding 34-point lead in the 2011 Drivers’ World Championship after four of the scheduled 20 races.

Vettel, who had to bounce back from a Friday accident to claim his fourth straight pole position in 2011, used that advantage to the maximum, sprinting into a lead he never relinquished through another entertaining 58-lap Grand Prix.

Vettel has all the answers

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is now an odds-on favourite to retain his Drivers’ World Championship after a splendid fourth win of the season in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Vettel’s narrow win from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes carried the 23-year-old reigning title-holder to 118 points, a margin of 41 over the 2008 World Champion, while Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button – champion two years ago – drove a calculated race to come home third ahead of Mark Webber in the second Red Bull Renault.

Canadian Grand Prix (Round 7)

Venue: Montreal
Circuit Length: 4.361 Km
Laps: 70
Lap Record: 1:13.622 = 213.246 km/h - R. Barrichello (Ferrari) 2004

Breaking news: Marussia Virgin have parted company with Wirth Research, disappointed by the showing of their MVR-02; they will drop their 100% reliance on CFD and go the wind-tunnel route for 2012, possibly with former Benetton guru Pat Symonds in charge technically.

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.

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