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Vettel ecstatic to take first win of 2010

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel on the Sepang podium © Sutton Images

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Sebastian Vettel was delighted to finally chalk up a win this season at the Malaysian Grand Prix, after missing out on potential victories in Bahrain and Australia.

Red Bull has taken pole position at all three grands prix this season, proving they have one of the strongest packages in F1. However, due to reliability and scrappy races, this is the first time the team has taken a podium in 2010, let alone a one-two win.

"What a day," said Vettel. "Yesterday was extremely difficult. We had a magnificent car, and the key once again was to pace yourself, but Bridgestone did a good job bringing two compounds here that worked fairly well. At the end of the day a very good result for us and for myself after two races where I didn't finish where I wanted to be. It was crucial for the team not to panic and to stay relaxed. It is a long season but this is the best result we could get and on top of that Mark [Webber] getting second place is a big plus for the team and a lot of points."

Vettel took the lead from Webber at the first corner and then held off his team-mate comfortably for the rest of the race.

"I realised straight away I had a good start," he said. "I passed Nico [Rosberg], was alongside and got the tow from Mark and was able to gain, gain, gain. It's a long sprint into Turn 1 so I had a clear advantage over him. I took the chance I had into Turn 1, it was quite late, and just made it. Mark had a bit of better exit out of Turn 2 and into Turn 3. It was a bit slippery, we both tried to push and each fighting among ourselves but we kept respect. If Mark was in my position he would have done the same."