How Vettel and Webber got on a collision course (Turkish GP team-by-team)

The damage to Vettel's right-rear tyre after the crash

The damage to Vettel's right-rear tyre after the crash

How did Sebastian Vettel suddenly get close enough to team mate Mark Webber to make the fateful move than destroyed their hopes of a one-two?

The interactive chart below shows how Vettel suddenly started lapping quicker than Webber in the minutes before the collision.

Rumours claim Red Bull instructed Vettel to turn up his engine shortly before the collision.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 3 1
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’26.760 (+0.465) 1’26.295
Race position 3
Average race lap 1’32.351 (+0.077) 1’32.274
Laps 39/58 58/58
Pit stops 1 2

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Sebastian Vettel

Zoom in on the interactive chart above (click and drag) to see the laps running up to the lap 41 collision. It’s clear to see that Vettel, despite already being within a second of his team mate, suddenly found a couple of tenths more.

After the race the BBC reported rumours that Vettel was instructed to turn his engine up to get a power boost before the crash – and Webber had received the opposite instruction to turn his engine down at the same time.

It’s understandable that Red Bull would have wanted to help Vettel maintain his advantage over Hamilton. But with Vettel so close to Webber surely they would have realised it would leave Webber vulnerable to being overtaken by his team mate?

The team avoided such a scenario at the same track last year, instructing both their drivers to save fuel and hold position after Vettel had fallen behind Webber.

Vettel started the race from third place after a roll-bar failure in qualifying prevented him from improving his time.

Compare Sebastian Vettel’s form against his team mate in 2010

Mark Webber

Took his third consecutive pole position and held onto his lead at the start – despite coming under considerable pressure from Lewis Hamilton.

While the RB6’s speed through turn eight allowed him to keep Hamilton at bay, he was unable to keep team mate Vettel from getting a run at him.

After the collision Webber pitted for a new front wing but still brought the car home in third place.

Compare Mark Webber’s form against his team mate in 2010

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165 comments on How Vettel and Webber got on a collision course (Turkish GP team-by-team)

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  1. marco said on 1st June 2010, 9:00

    Vettel fault.
    He hit Webber at the back. Webber did nothing wrong.

    If he wants to overtake, just overtake like a gentlement, dont cry for space…
    “Please give me some space…i wants to be a winner too”

  2. JP83 said on 1st June 2010, 11:21

    It looks very close as to who is to blame. but 70% webbers fault at least IMHO.
    The deciding factor for me is that the next corner coming up is a left hander, therefore webber needed to be on the right of the track to be on the correct racing line for entry into the next corner – quite clearly he stubbornly holds his line even though he can see vettel is past AND he needs to be over on the right of the track anyway!!!! Vettel didnt have any room to the left at all, and most likely assumed that webber would be moving over to the right ready for a good entry into the left hander ahead.

    In the interviews, vettel clearly is the ‘nice guy’ who is unhappy to point the finger – and quite rightly accept part of the blame. Then Webber blatantly points the finger at his own team mate on live TV. That my Australian friend, is not cricket!

    Wish Webber got the DNF and Vettel ended up with some championship points!

  3. Maksutov said on 1st June 2010, 12:06

    “quite clearly he stubbornly holds his line even though he can see vettel is past AND he needs to be over on the right of the track anyway!!!!”

    No he does not.

    Its called racing. Webber left Vettel tight but enough space on the left, did not make any drastic blocking moves, simply held the line that he selected, probably in the hopes to outmaneuver Vettel on the clean side of the track at the exit. But it is blatantly obvious that Vettel went to the right a bit too fast what looks like a knee-jerk reaction. All Vettel had to do was move to he right slowly.

  4. Jonty said on 1st June 2010, 16:46

    Of course, if Red Bull had (illegally) signalled that Webber should let Vettel past, then they would be pretty angry with Webber wouldn’t they!

    I know transmissions are now monitored but any fool could come up with a code.

    Perhaps the log of transmissions should be made public. I have just been on the RBR web site and they have clearly lost a lot of support (in fact every single person who has posted a comment, including me)

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