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Lewis Hamilton Ends Dry Spell With F1 Turkish Grand Prix Win

Posted in FIA, Formula 1, Racing by Kurt Ernst | May 30th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

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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.

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  1. ds440 says:

    Some of the post-race comments from RedBull seem to slant in Vettel’s favor….which raises a few eyebrows. Maybe it’s just media spin? Maybe Webber was given some wink-wink-nudge-nudge instructions to “save fuel?” Who knows? It certainly sets up for an interesting summer.

    And Vettel reminds me of the new Kimi. Fast…but his cars are snake-bit with mechanical problems. The common denominator being Adrian Newey.

    • Kurt says:

      DS, I was really shocked to see Helmut Marko’s comments about the incident; the head of Red Bull motorsports puts all the blame on Webber, and alledges that Vettel was “under pressure from Hamilton”. Sorry, not buying the bullshit. Hamilton was closing on Vettel, but wasn’t yet close enough to attempt a pass. Vettel hadn’t completed the pass before the corner entry, so in my book, Webber did what he was supposed to do by keeping his line. As the race leader, it’s not your job to allow a teammate to pass unless ordered to do so by the team.

      Here’s what it comes down to: Vettel is German. Marko is German. Webber isn’t German, therefore, the accident and loss of constructor’s points is entirely on him.

  2. ds440 says:

    Yeah, Marko’s comments surprised me, too. More so because he didn’t take the easy route and call it ‘one of dem racin’ deals’….or the F1 equivalent. His comments about Hamilton’s pressure were total BS….that’ why I maintain that they aren’t telling us everything.

    Hopefully the both Red Bull drivers were watching the McLaren drivers later in the race. They both fought hard, but gave each other some racing room. While Webber was in the right to maintain his racing line, he could have probably eased up and given Vettel some more room, because Vettel wasn’t in a position to make the pass stick. Seb, more than likely, would have overcooked the corner. Mark could have braked early, dove to the inside with a crossover move headed into the left-right complex of turns. However, Vettel didn’t really give him a chance to do that….now did he? But all that is easy for me to say – not being behind the wheel of either car.

    But it’s nice for F1 to have controversy ON the track, as opposed to OFF the track for a change. :) Keeps things interesting.