Sebastian Vettel was delighted that Red Bull was able to put its hesitant start to 2010 behind it by dominating the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Red Bull had been the pacesetter in both the opening races, with Vettel heading at Sakhir and in Melbourne only for a spark plug and wheel issue to deny him victories in both grands prix. But he had a flawless run at Sepang today, leading teammate Mark Webber home in a Red Bull 1-2 and vaulting straight up to a close third in the championship in the process.
"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 getting second place is a big plus for the team and a lot of points."
Vettel had qualified third, but immediately grabbed the lead into the first corner of the race.
"I realized 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 slippy, 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."