McLaren has just scored a 1-2 victory at the Turkish Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton led team mate Jenson Button across the finish line. The duo were running behind the Red Bulls and pressuring both Webber and Vettel till the race distance crossed the half way mark. Unfortunately for the bulls both Webber and Vettel who were running in first and second crashed into each other when the latter tried to overtake Webber.
This put Vettel into retirement and took away Webber’s lead as the Australian had to pit for a new front wing. A couple of laps later both the McLarens nearly took each other out when Button tried to overtake Hamilton in a rather spectacular move. Mark Webber managed to limit the damage done by finishing the race in third place.
Michael Schumacher missed the podium and settled for fourth place for Mercedes while his team mate Nico Rosberg crossed the line in fifth. Renault’s Robert Kubica managed sixth place while both the Ferraris finished in seventh and eight positions respectively. Force India’s Adrian Sutil came home in ninth while tenth spot went to Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi.
Lotus Racing suffered a double retirement today, again thanks to the hydraulics. Trulli was the first driver to retire from the race followed by team mate Kovalainen. Both Virgin cars and Hispania’s Karun Chandhok were classified as race finishers.
Mark Webber who started the race from pole position had a good start while Hamilton momentarily lost his second place to Vettel before gaining back the position. Schumacher was also charging ahead and went up to fourth place but settled down in fifth after Button eventually passed the German.
It looked like a two horse race between Red Bull and McLaren as Hamilton was pressuring Webber for the lead but the Red Bull driver managed to keep the Brit at bay. Fernando Alonso was one of the first to pit and as the dust settled it was Webber who was leading followed by his team mate Vettel. Hamilton and Button were close behind.
It was all looking good for Red Bull until both drivers took each other out on Lap 41 while approaching Turn 12. Webber was lucky enough to survive the contact and went on to finish in third and maintain his lead in this Driver’s Championship. He now has 93 points while Button and Hamilton both have 88 and 84 points. However Red Bull lost its lead in the Constructor’s Championship to McLaren. The Woking-based team leads Red Bull by one point with 172.
It was definitely an exciting race especially with the Red Bull crash and an interesting tussle between the McLaren drivers. If only Vettel and Webber handled the situation like how Hamilton and Button did. Formula 1 now heads to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix on June 13th!
You can view the full results here.