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Mike Stevens | Apr, 19 2011 | 0 Comments

Mark Webber checked himself on Sunday after admitting he was happy to see teammate Sebastian Vettel's winning streak end in China.

Australian Webber had seared through the Shanghai field from 18th on the grid, after losing the 2010 title to Vettel at the last hurdle and then enduring three difficult opening weekends of the new championship campaign.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton broke 23-year-old German Vettel's perfect 2011 record on Sunday.

"It was good that someone finally ..." said Webber, stopping when he realised he had described a rival team's victory as a 'good' outcome.

"Of course Seb is in the same team but he has been on a phenomenal run and we are all here together fighting for victories," he added.

"(It's a) shame McLaren won in a way but also we can't let Seb get too far away, so it was good day for the racing and good day for us in terms of points for the team," said Webber.

(GMM)

 

Red Bull Still Best After McLaren Victory: Alonso

McLaren won in China but the Red Bull is still the car to beat.

That was the claim of Fernando Alonso, after Ferrari had yet another disappointing outing in Shanghai while McLaren and Mercedes' competitiveness took a step forwards.

Spain's AS newspaper asked Alonso if Lewis Hamilton's win on Sunday means Red Bull's dominance has finally been stopped.

"No, Red Bull are still ahead," he answered.

Ferrari brought some improvements to China, notably a new front wing, but Alonso revealed that it was not raced because it was "not ready".

"Our car was the same, aerodynamically and mechanically, as it was in Malaysia. Mercedes and McLaren had improvements so maybe that's why they were better," he said.

The famous team will use the three weeks before Turkey to prepare a round of more significant updates for the 150 Italia.

"We need to get to the bottom of our situation, to the core of the problem, and improve from there," said Spaniard Alonso.

"For Turkey there will be some improvements, but the other teams are not going on holiday so you can't think the rankings will change too much.

"Personally, I'm going to take a break, as we've been a month away from home. I will get on my bike and clear my mind," he promised.

Teammate Felipe Massa denounced the "wrong" pit strategy for China but outraced Alonso and admitted he was "very happy" with his performance.

"It was my best race this year and probably all of last year as well," he is quoted by Brazil's Globo.

Alonso, however, said the strategy cannot be blamed for their sixth and seventh placings in Shanghai.

"The reality is that 2 or 3 stops are not going to change the situation much when your car is not fast enough," he is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Realistically, I do not expect to see a Ferrari capable of beating Red Bull or McLaren in Turkey, but at least we need to bring them closer," he added.

(GMM)

 

Red Bull Hopes For KERS Fix By Turkey

Red Bull will use the three-week break before F1's next outing in Turkey to get to the bottom of reliability problems.

Sebastian Vettel won the opening two races of 2011 from pole but finished second in Shanghai, with his RB7 and particularly the sister one driven by teammate Mark Webber regularly suffering from malfunctioning energy-recovery KERS systems.

Team consultant Helmut Marko told Germany's Focus publication that a problem had contributed to Vettel dropping to third from pole at the start of the Chinese grand prix.

"At the start his KERS was working only partially," said the Austrian, who said there is no guarantee a final remedy will be in place by Istanbul next month.

A more optimistic team boss Christian Horner told the BBC: "We need to improve it and have got three weeks to make sure we have it available on every lap of the races."

Another problem encountered by Vettel in China was his communication with the pitwall. The German was spotted adjusting the drinking straw in his helmet just prior to the start.

"Maybe some water from the drinking system got in the microphone," Horner speculated to the Austrian press.

(GMM)

 

Sutil Eyes 'Next Step' In Stalling F1 Career

Adrian Sutil is not ruling out a change of teams as his career threatens to stall at Force India.

The German has been at Force India since before the Vijay Mallya takeover, and several times he has been linked with a team switch as he dominated his previous teammates.

But in 2011 the 28-year-old has been joined by the meteoric rookie and reigning DTM champion Paul di Resta, who at the first three grands prix of his career outqualified the highly rated Sutil.

Sutil likened his recent career to "the stock market"; capitalising at the right moments.

"You want to continue and make the next step up -- either with a new team or with the same team, you still want the next step," The National quotes him as saying at the Chinese grand prix.

"In a way we did that last year -- 2010 was a good season for me. The problem was the last few races, and that is where you want to impress," added Sutil.

He denied he if fazed by di Resta's stirring early form, but at the same time pointed out that the Scot is not a normal F1 rookie.

"I always want to compete against the best --- I am not here to compete against drivers who can't drive in a straight line," said Sutil.

He added: "He (di Resta) is not like a typical rookie. He had four years in DTM with a factory team. It is not like he is someone to come out of Formula 3 or GP2 and doing mistakes."

Rosberg angry after missed chance in China - reports
Apr.18 (GMM) Nico Rosberg was angry after Sunday's Chinese grand prix, according to German media reports.

The 25-year-old hailed such a "big step" for the W02 car in Shanghai that he spent time leading the race.

But he was then told on the radio to slow down to save fuel, and finished fifth.

"The win would have been possible," Bild newspaper quoted the 'angry' Rosberg as saying.

Niki Lauda said he understands the German's frustration.

"If you have to save fuel, you are no longer competing with the others," said the triple world champion.

"They had too little in the tank for this race, which shouldn't happen. They got it wrong," added Lauda.

Mercedes competition director Norbert Haug agreed: "I can understand Nico's disappointment."

Explaining the mistake, he added: "When your car is going faster than before, it uses more fuel than before."

(GMM)

 
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