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NEWS REVIEW - PUBLISHED ON APRIL 20TH 2009
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


THE BIG STORIES

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

  FEATURES FROM APR 16, 2009 - APR 22, 2009
The Chinese GP preview
By Mark Glendenning
Stat Attack: China (pre-race)
By Michele Merlino
Qatar review: The dawn of a new era
By Toby Moody
MPH: Mark Hughes on...
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Formula Renault 3.5: Runners and riders
By Peter Mills
Formula Renault 3.5: Season preview
By Peter Mills
The complete 2009 Chinese GP review
By Matt Beer and Pablo Elizalde
Stat Attack: China (post-race)
By Michele Merlino
Racing review: All the results
By Matt Beer
Shanghai news wrap-up
By Matt Beer
Dodgy Business: It's a funny old game
By Tony Dodgins
SuperStats: Chinese Grand Prix
By David Wright
The Weekly Grapevine
By Dieter Rencken
Bamber's Week
By Jim Bamber
Online: F1's new feel-good factor
By Jonathan Noble
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  ABOUT MATT BEER
Matt Beer originally joined autosport.com as a weekend editor in the website's early days from 1998 to 2001, before spending several years writing for other motorsport websites, covering UK national racing, working for teams and drivers, and getting some degrees.

He returned to the autosport.com fold for the start of the 2006 season and has remained on board ever since. Alongside his journalistic career, Matt is a director of a company that runs several award-winning theatres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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