Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Vettel Claims Win in Grand Prix

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Vettel Claims Win in Grand Prix

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THE Renault RS27 engine powered Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel to his fourth victory of the year in the Spanish Grand Prix held at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The 4.655km Spanish track demands driveability and responsiveness from engines, particularly through the flowing bends on the back section. The long pit straight, however, demands acceleration and power, which Sebastian used to great effect to secure his second consecutive victory and make it four out of five wins this season.

The reliability and performance of the RS27 also aided Mark Webber to fourth position, while Lotus Renault GP's Nick Heidfeld crossed the flag in eighth despite starting from the back of the grid. Team-mate Vitaly Petrov finished just outside the points in 11th.

Team Lotus's Jarno Trulli claimed 18th, however, Heikki Kovalainen's race came to a premature end when he made contact with the barriers on lap 52.

Red Bull Racing-Renault therefore retains the lead of the drivers' and constructors' titles, with Sebastian extending his advantage over Lewis Hamilton. The win is the 134th for a Renault engine in F1 and takes the RS27 points' total in 2011 to 231.

Red Bull Racing had a strong practice on the weekend, with Mark Webber topping the timesheets in both FP1 and FP2.

Sebastian Vettel was second and then third quickest. The final practice before qualifying again finished with the Red Bulls on top, however Sebastian was able to complete just six laps when his car developed an electrical issue connected to the engine. The problem was quickly identified and rectified.

Qualifying saw the RS27 power Mark to his first pole of the season, with Sebastian Vettel second. Mark, however, lost his advantage at the first corner when Alonso and Sebastian squeezed past into first and second respectively. An extra lap on new tyres was enough to give Sebastian the lead from Lewis Hamilton and despite strong pressure in the closing stages of the race the reigning world champion held on to secure another win. Mark remained in touch with the leaders and took Alonso for third at his final pit stop. …

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