Motorsport Wrap for Monday 5th April 2010
RED BULL FINDS RELIABILITY
Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team rediscovered reliability at the Malaysian Grand Prix to lead home teammate Mark Webber in a dominant display.
The race was effectively over on lap one with Vettel sprinting from third on the grid to pass his teammate at the first corner.
Starting on the soft-compound Bridgestone Potenza tyres, the German was never headed on his way to his first victory of the season after suffering reliability problems in the opening races.
"We have a magnificent car and the key once again was to pace yourself and watch your tyres," Vettel said.
"Bridgestone did a good job bringing two compounds here that worked well. It's a very good result for us after two races where we didn't finish where we wanted."
Nico Rosberg took third for Mercedes GP as the predicted rain stayed away, meaning it was tyre strategies using Bridgestone's two dry tyres which defined performance.
"This was a good and interesting race based around tyre strategies. The hard and soft Bridgestone compounds performed very well, but with distinct characteristics," said Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"Our compounds were able to support a variety of strategies and it was good to see the racing on track between many drivers at different times through the race. So many people predicted rain for this race, but today we did not need wet weather to provide excitement on track."
The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix on April 18th.
Felipe Massa (BR)
Fernando Alonso (SP)
Sebastian Vettel (Ger))
Red Bull Renault
Jenson Button (GB)