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Red Bull Racing

22 October 2008

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber has had tremendous success in the RB5 this year. On the back of their successful driving, Red Bull Racing will close out the season securing second place in the World Constructor's Championship.

Red Bull Racing is one of two Formula One teams owned by Austrian beverage company Red Bull (the other being Scuderia Toro Rosso). The team is based in Milton Keynes in the UK but holds an Austrian licence. The team is managed by Christian Horner, who was the team principal of the Arden International GP2 Series team.

2009 Season
On February 8, Red Bull Racing first launched their new RB5 chassis virtually by means of a 3D computer-generated animation video narrated by Sebastian Vettel (see below). The car was then launched for public view the next day.

The team secured their first ever pole position at the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel, posting the fastest time with just a single qualifying lap in Q3. Team mate Mark Webber also qualified in third on the grid. On race day, Vettel won, with Webber coming in second. Vettel's victory, in rain-soaked conditions, marked the team's first-ever win in F1. This was to herald a series of good results for the Red Bull Racing team.

In the next race at Bahrain Grand Prix, Vettel finished second behind Jenson Button and collected another eight world championship points.

After the following Spanish Grand Prix, Jenson Button's run of success in his Brawn GP car continued. Button claimed pole and eventual victory, although Webber and Vettel did finish third and fourth, respectively, after having qualified 5th and 2nd.

In the Turkish Grand Prix, Red Bull clocked in another great performance, finishing 2-3. At the British Grand Prix, the RB5 had substantial upgrades and Vettel won after qualifying on pole position, ending Jenson Button's remarkable run of four Grand Prix victories after the Chinese Grand Prix.

The team then scored a 1-2 in the German Grand Prix with Mark Webber who managed to win despite being given a drive-through penalty earlier on, leading Vettel throughout the race.

Over the next 5 races, Red Bull's momentum slowed down, the best results being Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel both securing third positions at the Hungary and Belgium Grand Prix, respectively.

At the Japan Grand Prix, Vettel laid a final assault to Jenson Button's lead in the World Driver's Championship, winning in style, leading from pole to finish unchallenged.

At the Brazil Grand Prix, Mark Webber held off an early challenge from Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and managed to snatch the lead after Rubens Barrichello made his first pit stop and finished the race from that position unchallenged thereafter. By finishing in fifth position, with Vettel only managing fourth, Jenson Button won the World Driver's Championship.

It was to mark the end of a gallant effort by Vettel, who had hoped to bring proceedings to a nail-biting finish down to the very last race.

There is just one more race to go in the 2009 season, the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, held at the Yas Marina Circuit.


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