Sebastian Vettel underlined his reputation as Formula One's brightest rising star, and an heir apparent as regenmeister to countryman Michael Schumacher, after skating to a second grand prix victory at the head of a Red Bull Racing 1-2 in China.

The German led comfortably from safety car lights to soaking chequered flag, only ceding the advantage to team-mate Mark Webber and world championship leader Jenson Button as the various pit-stop strategies worked out in atrocious conditions, and defying the fact that he had qualified lighter than most of those behind him.

Once Fernando Alonso's super-light Renault had opted for an early stop and change of strategy, Webber and Button provided the closest thing to a challenge for Vettel, but the young German held firm on a day when almost everyone else had an indiscretion or two with unpredictable water levels and downpours that ebbed and flowed throughout a race that ran the two-hour time limit close.

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Surviving a late possibility of the safety car returning, after Adrian Sutil's bid for points ended heavily embedded in the barriers, Vettel reined himself in and completed a maiden success for Christian Horner's hard-working Red Bull team.

Webber ensured that the Milton Keynes operation emulated Jordan and Brawn GP by claiming a 1-2 to back up its maiden victory, while Button had to settle for a hard-fought podium after dicing with Webber through the middle part of the 56-lap affair.

Rubens Barrichello, Heikki Kovalainen, a spin-prone Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock and the remarkable Sebastien Buemi completed the scorers.

Full report and result to follow.....