Lewis Hamilton has scored his first win since the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix, ending a dry spell of 9 races without a victory. The McLaren Mercedes driver shared the podium with his teammate, Jenson Button, who finished second, and Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who finished third.
Mark Webber, who started from pole, appeared to be the man to beat in Turkey. With twenty laps remaining in the race, and with rain threatening, Webber’s Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel tried an insanely risky pass that ended with the two Red Bull cars colliding. In a second, Vettel took out his own car and dropped his teammate from first to third. Vettel, upset that Webber is perceived to be Red Bull’s number one driver, appears to have forgotten the oldest adage in motor racing: to finish first, first you must finish.
Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, who started from fifth spot (his best start since returning to F1), finished fourth and showed signs of the Schumi of old at the start. Schumacher briefly got by Jenson Button in the first turn, but was unable to hold off the faster McLaren Mercedes to keep the third position. Schumacher spent the rest of the race in either fifth or fourth position, roughly thirty seconds behind the lead pack of Red Bull and McLaren Mercedes cars. Nico Rosberg, Schumacher’s young teammate, finished in the fifth spot.
Vettel’s move now gives the constructor’s lead to McLaren Mercedes, and it’s clear that the Red Bull team needs to sort out the drama between their drivers if they’re to continue their early season success. With two weeks to go before the Canadian Grand Prix, they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them.