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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Vettel wins, youngest F1 victor

Sebastian Vettel gave Toro Rosso its maiden F1 as the German became the youngest driver to win a Formula One race at Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

A masterful drive in the wet saw the 21-year-old top McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. Robert Kubica took third for BMW Sauber.

Title challengers Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton finished sixth and seventh, and now just one point separates the Brazilian from drivers championship leader Hamilton.

Testing continues at Jerez

Vettel also topped the third day of testing at the Jerez circuit this week as teams prepare for the final four races of the season. This time the German was driving for future employers Red Bull Racing.

Rain curtailed testing in the afternoon.

Nick Heidfeld was second in the BMW Sauber, and Lucas di Grassi third for Renault.

BMW Sauber has looked strong all week, with Christian Klien topping the charts on day 2 and young Marko Asmer on Tuesday, on a special testing day for non-F1 drivers.

STR tests Sato, Buemi

Toro Rosso has used this week’s sessions at Jerez to test possible replacements for Vettel, and possibly teammate Sebastien Bourdais.

Red Bull property Sebastien Buemi ran Wednesday, and Thursday saw ex-Super Aguri driver Takuma Sato behind the wheel. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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