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Chinese GP: Red Bull says driver feud is over, looking forward to Shanghai


By Berthold Bouman

Chinese GP: Red Bull says driver feud is over, looking forward to ShanghaiRed Bull Racing has been in the spotlight since the Malaysian Grand Prix, after star driver Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to let his team colleague Mark Webber win the race. Webber was furious and threatened to leave the team, Red Bull advisor ex-Formula One driver Helmut Marko, however, insists the row is over.

“They don’t have to be completely on the same page but it must be a solid working partnership,” Marko said. “Sebastian apologised in the press conference and I think that was the first correct step to make. There was a debrief afterwards with the relevant discussions about the race and then there was a handshake between the two drivers. For us now the issue is settled.”

Plenty of media attention for Vettel after the Malaysian GP - Photo: Red Bull Racing

Plenty of media attention for Vettel after the Malaysian GP – Photo: Red Bull Racing

Sebastian Vettel: Took his first win for Red Bull in 2009 in Shanghai

The Shanghai International circuit was the scene of Vettel’s first win for Red Bull, and he has fond memories of the Chinese track, “My first win with Red Bull Racing in 2009. We had a good qualifying, followed by an amazing race. There was a lot of rain, but we held it together and got our first team win and one-two.”

Asked what he likes about Shanghai he said, “Every time I go to Shanghai I like to explore a bit more, but I really like Pudong, near the river.” And the circuit, what is his favourite part? “The circuit has lots of corners, making it hard for the tyres and tricky for the drivers. I really like the middle sector. Turns 12 and 13 are difficult to get right, as they demand a lot of technique, especially Turn 13 which leads into a really long straight.”

Webber not a happy camper after Vettel took the win in Malaysia - Photo: Red Bull Racing

Webber not a happy camper after Vettel took the win in Malaysia – Photo: Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber: Likes Shanghai’s soup dumplings

Asked about his best memories of the circuit Webber said, “Coming from the back of the grid to finish on the podium in third place in 2011.” But his favourite place in Shanghai is actually a restaurant, “I went to a really nice restaurant with some of the boys from the team, Din Tai Fung Shanghai. They do great soup dumplings, a Shanghai specialty!”

And his favourite part of the circuit? “The middle sector, Turns 5 and 6, it’s a nice and flowing section and it’s very important to get the technique right there.”

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