Vettel at the Japanese Grand Prix that he won At the start of the season, Vettel replaced the retired David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing , and began strongly at the Australian Grand Prix , qualifying third and running in second for the majority of the race. However, a clash with Robert Kubica over second place on the third to last lap of the race forced both to retire. Vettel attempted to finish the race on three wheels behind the safety car to salvage some points, but eventually pulled off to the side. He thought that he would be able to attempt this because the yellow flag resulting from his incident forbids overtaking; instead he was given a ten-place grid penalty for the next race, the Malaysian Grand Prix , and his team was fined for instructing him to stay on track after the damage occurred. He spun out of the race while eighth, just before the race was stopped due to adverse weather conditions. He went on to win the race ahead of teammate Mark Webber , again a first for his team, which scored its first victory and 1—2 finish in the same race.