Solid Opening Day for Red Bull at Shanghai

by Matt Auger

Red Bull Racing saw their drivers; Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber dominate the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang and the two free practice sessions ahead of this year's Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai saw the team have a solid days running.

Both drivers were pretty evenly matched during the day, with Vettel finishing the morning and afternoon sessions with the fifth fastest times while Australian Webber finished eighth in the morning which improved to a sixth in the afternoon.

During the morning, which saw grid levels out on track at their lowest, Vettel set his best time of 1:37.601 during a twenty lap session, with Webber setting a 1:37.980 during his seventeen lap session, while the second free practice session saw both drivers improve their times as they completed more laps as well. Vettel, as in the morning finished fifth with a 1:35.791 and completed a total of thirty laps during the afternoon.

Webber completed twenty nine laps en route to sixth overall and a best time of 1:35.995.

Vettel said about the work completed on day one and the return to Shanghai: “That was good, we had no big issues and the car was working fine. We did

Quite a lot of laps so it was a solid day. It looks very close; the Mercedes look competitive, as well as the McLarens and Ferraris. It will be tight tomorrow, but we will see. I had a good race here in 2007 when I finished fourth for Toro Rosso and then last year with the victory, so there are a lot of good emotions and memories attached to this place.”

For Webber, it was a good day but wasn't sure about the tyres: “That was pretty good; it was our first really clean Friday, which was encouraging. We have a lot of stuff go through tonight about how the tyres are round here – it's the first track where they are behaving a little differently to other venues. I think qualifying is going to be tight again and there's supposed to be a bit of moisture floating around on Sunday afternoon, so it looks like the fans will yet again be given an action packed race. I'll look forward to the challenge and to getting something out of it.”

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