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Shanghai news wrap-up
AUTOSPORT brings you a new Monday morning summary of the biggest headlines from throughout the Formula 1 weekend

  By Matt Beer

By 2009 Formula 1 standards, the Chinese Grand Prix was a relatively tranquil event - yet it still delivered a staggering maiden one-two for Red Bull Racing in difficult wet conditions.

Off-track, two FIA meetings dominated the headlines, as the decision to declare the disputed diffusers legal prompted many to accelerate their development, and Renault's Flavio Briatore to go on the offensive.

The other lingering story was McLaren's forthcoming World Motor Sport Council appearance, and whether the Melbourne scandal had any bearing on Ron Dennis's decision to relinquish his remaining involvement in the team he ran for nearly three decades.

The 2009 rules remained a hot topic too, as KERS usage dwindled to just the McLarens and Nick Heidfeld, and drivers hit out at the shortcomings of this weekend's super soft Bridgestones.

THE ACTIONMark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

Hamilton sets the early pace in China

Button edges Rosberg in second practice

Rosberg fastest in final China practice

Vettel gives Red Bull first F1 pole

Vettel scores Red Bull's maiden F1 win


Dennis to announce future plans

Alonso slams 'ridiculous' tyre choice

Ferrari will not run KERS in China

Domenicali wants rows resolved quicker

Dennis: Decision not linked to FIA case

Whitmarsh: Hamilton committed to team

Parr clarifies Ferrari legality comments

Button hits back at 'bitter' Briatore

Briatore wants money blocked from Brawn

More teams ditch KERS for China

Ecclestone certain of new China deal

Alonso: Renault is back in the hunt

Brawn unmoved by Briatore's calls

Horner: Anything possible after victory

Ferrari not ruling out writing off '09

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Matt Beer starting freelancing for in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with working for other Haymarket motorsport websites, UK national reporting, co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres, racing driver and team PR, and getting some degrees, plus contributions to an AUTOCOURSE Champ Car yearbook and the FIA Institute's in-house magazine. Now deputy editor of, he also oversees AUTOSPORT's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers.
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