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Sebastian Vettel drives to the podium after his second race win

Sebastian Vettel drives to the podium in his RB5

Sebastian Vettel has claimed his second career win at the Shanghai International Circuit as rain and standing water made conditions difficult for the entire duration of the third race of 2009. It’s Red Bull’s first win in Formula 1 since their takeover of Jaguar at the end of 2004, and a 1-2 finish, with Mark Webber crossing the line in second. Championship leader Jenson Button finished third.

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Red Bull RB5 Launch Photo

Red Bull Racing unveiled their 2009 car, the RB5, at Jerez on Monday, ahead of this week’s four day test at the circuit. Drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who has just about recovered from his broken leg, were present as Adrian Newey’s take on the 2009 regulations was presented to the media. The car features a typically narrower front nose, featured in many of Newey’s designs, and the front wing is higher of the ground then in previous seasons. The car, however, is missing the shark fin that Red Bull pioneered last year.

Along with many other teams this year, Red Bull’s hopes for ’09 are high. For the past 4 seasons the team have been steady midfielders, but having watched the Red Bull junior team take a win with their car last year, the team feels they are ready to take the top step of the podium themselves. One of the Austrian teams major problems in the past has been reliability, but 2008 saw a big improvement, and team boss Christian Horner is confident the improvement will continue into ’09. Speaking of the cost-cutting regulations, Horner said: “The changes caused few interruptions to our work flow and they will also assist the larger manufacturer teams in cutting costs, in terms of manpower. Over the past year, we had invested strategically, and therefore, with the rules as they now stand, we are in a good position to capitalise on them, as they present an opportunity for teams to compete on a more level playing field.”

Sebastian Vettel took the car out for it’s first runs but, perhaps rather worryingly, a gearbox problem, a frequent past issue for the team, stopped their running after just 14 laps.

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Mark Webber in Montreal

Red Bull Racing’s first driver, Mark Webber, has broken his leg in a cycling accident whilst taking part in his own charity event, The Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge.

Webber was involved in one of the cycling activities as part of the five-day event when he collided head-on with a car. The Australian was airlifted to hospital where he had surgery to insert a pin in his leg. The driver has no further injuries and has begun his recovery. The event director, Geoff Donohue, said “The surgery is complete. Mark’s in good spirits. The broken leg is the injury, and beyond that, he’s in really good shape. He’ll be in hospital for at least three days, for sure under a week. I was speaking to him before the operation, and he was already thinking about his rehabilitation.”

The Red Bull driver will now miss all winter testing until the new year. His new teammate, Sebastian Vettel, has said he will miss Webber and hopes he gets well soon. He has also said the team will have to work extra hard at the next test without their first driver. Webber will also sit out of the race of champions, where he was scheduled to represent Australia along with motorcycle racer, Troy Bayliss.

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