When Sebastien Vettel seemingly came out of the shadows to take a dominant victory at Monza last year most expected a follow up victory to be imminent.
Obviously a midfield paced car sadly held him back somewhat. But as the Chinese Grand Prix showed today the young superstar is well and truly back to the forefront of the sport.
His follow up victory on the drenched tarmac in Shanghai reflected his success in Monza in similarly spectacular fashion. Vettel was rarely troubled, and displayed great speed and control to gift himself the top step on the podium when the race reached its climax.
In the pre-race festivities the young German confirmed his likeable character in a curious pit walk interview with British commentator Martin Brundle and ex racer David Coulthard.
It was in this interview that he revealed his sweet little habit of naming the car that would hopefully elevate his improving status. He proclaimed that as the car gave him so much to work with he would have felt unjust in not giving the powerhouse beneath him a generous reward.
He declined to comment on the actual name of his car, citing David Coulthard’s infamous womanising ways as a joking reason to shield the named Red Bull from gossip columns.
What he did tell us though was that the car itself was always christened a girls 'name. And this girl was definitely a stunning natural beauty.
With Sebastien at the helm the Red Bull flung itself effortlessly around the three and a half mile circuit in cautious conditions that made it difficult to make the assumption of an easy win.
It did appear that victory for the young German was at one point catastrophically thrown into chaos as Sebastien Buemi caught Vettel by surprise half way through the action, with damage caused to the Toro Rosso’s rear wing as a result.
Somehow however Vettel escaped unscathed and strode away to an emphatic victory that will highlight himself as a title contender to the unlikely lads deemed title challengers thus far—namely Button and Barrichello.
A second heroic victory by the talented youngster is expected to be the second of many to come. And surely his credentials as a future championship winning driver have been dealt a massive boost with such a tasteful glory.
Sympathy must go out to fellow youngster Adrian Sutil however as in a triumphant points scoring position his consistently underachieving Force India threw itself into the barriers just shy of the final laps.
This only adds to the frustrating disappointment of his Monaco disaster when in an even better position Kimi Raikonnen’s stray Ferrari ended an underdog’s dream from coming into fruition. Hopefully karma will prevail and Adrian will eventually become close to reaching the dizzy heights seen by Vettel today.
All in all it was a fantastic drive by Sebastien, and marks the welcoming continuation of a field of drivers headed by unlikely heroes worthy of overdue triumphs.