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Sunday, April 25, 2010

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix: If at first you don’t succeed

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Red Bull Racing has had a hell of an ascension over the past few seasons. It started out as Stewart Grand Prix then changed names to Jaguar Racing before the Austrian energy drink concern swooped in and took over. In the five years since, the team went from a solid mid-fielder (if sometime back-marker) to serious contender. Nobody could have seen it coming, but last season Red Bull finished second in both the constructors’ and drivers’ championships, coming this close to upsetting Jenson Button and the boys at Brawn GP for both titles.

This season, however, is quickly turning into Red Bull’s time to shine. But so far it’s only amounted to pole positions. A good place to start, sure, but not enough to claim titles on its own. In the opening two grands prix this season, Red Bull claimed pole at both: Sebastian Vettel leading Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in Bahrain, repeating the feat in Australia but with team-mate Mark Webber sandwiched between Vettel and Alonso. Neither race translated into victory, however, as the RB6 suffered technical failures both times out. Would the boys at Red Bull make it a hat-trick of poles at Sepang? And more importantly, would they translate their qualifying prowess into race victory? Follow the jump to find out.

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