Turkish Grand Prix: Not A Result To Savour


Christian Horner summed up our Turkish Grand Prix: it was a shame, but we need to bounce back. We take home another podium, but our drivers collided when they were leading the race.

Mark Webber came third in Istanbul having secured pole and then lead every lap up until number 41 when Sebastian Vettel came through on his left-hand side out of Turn 11, the two collided and the German span off-track and out of the race and our Australian slipped down to third.

It meant the two McLarens went ahead of Webber to finish Hamilton first with Button behind him.

The first 40 laps had been uneventful – uneventful apart from an excellent start from Mark to keep his P1 and an excellent run from Seb, battling with Lewis to gain second place before the McLaren driver re-passed him. Vettel came in to change tyres a lap earlier than Webber and Hamilton who both came in on lap 15. But superior pit stop work from our boys in the garage meant Webber and Vettel emerged first and second.

From then the McLarens provided stiff competition, their straight-line speed meant they were able to keep up with the RB6... until 18 laps from the end. But, after our drivers collided Mark had such a lead on fourth-placed Michael Schumacher he was able to get his nose cone replaced and still remain on course for that podium.

Christian Horner afterwards was clearly – and understandably - disappointed with the outcome: “To give McLaren so many points on a plate is very frustrating for everyone in the team – especially after so much hard work. We’ve lost a lot of points today with what’s happened. We need to learn from it, so we don’t find ourselves in this position again.”

Behind Webber, Mercedes' Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg took fourth and fifth place with Kubica sixth in the Renault, with Massa seventh for Ferrari, followed by team-mate Alonso, who managed to get ahead of Petrov in the final stages. The last two points places were filled by Sutil in the Force India and the Sauber of Kobayashi.


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