Webber-Vettel's pain is McLaren's gain
Lewis Hamilton led a McLaren 1-2 at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday after a run-in between teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel denied Red Bull a sweep.Updated: May 30, 2010 23:24 IST
Lewis Hamilton led a McLaren 1-2 at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday after a run-in between teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel denied Red Bull a sweep.
The Red Bull pair touched as Vettel looked to pass along the Istanbul Park Circuit's fastest section, causing the German driver to spin out of the race. Webber, who had led for the entire 40 laps to that point, recovered for third behind Jenson Button as Red Bull's pit-lane team looked on in astonishment.
The McLaren team also tensed up near the end as its drivers exchanged the lead but Hamilton eventually earned his first win of the season by 2.6 seconds after rain had sprinkled the circuit. "It was quite an exciting race," said Hamilton, the 2008 champion.
Webber leads Formula One's driver standings with 93 points, while Button moved into second with 88 points - four more than Hamilton. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished eighth to improve to 79 points and Vettel stayed on 78.
The race was filled with excitement following the incident between the two Red Bulls.
Vettel moved inside Webber as the two raced down the last straight but appeared to try to close his teammate off early. The pair touched wheels, sending Vettel sliding into the gravel as bits of his car - including his rear left tire - went flying off. Vettel raised his hands at Webber, who returned to the track but lost ground on the McLarens after pitting to repair the damage. Webber had won the last two races from pole but failed to capitalize this time.
Vettel left fuming
Sebastian Vettel was left twirling his finger around his head after he crashed out of the race. His car nudged that of his teammate Mark Webber and punctured the front tyre. His action, as he trudged away from the car was as if to say 'crazy' while team boss Christian Horner shook his head in disbelief.
"I'm not very happy now after something like this happens," Vettel told BBC television. "I dived down the left, I had the corner so I was trying to focus on the braking and I lost the car."
German Adrian Sutil picked up crucial points from the Turkish Grand Prix as he finished ninth for Force India. Teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi came in 13 while Karun Chandokof Hispania Racing retired after just 6 laps.
First Published: May 30, 2010 23:21 IST