McLaren take one-two as Red Bull self-destruct

2010 Turkish Grand Prix review

Lewis Hamilton pressures Mark Webber in the early stages

Lewis Hamilton pressures Mark Webber in the early stages

McLaren scored a one-two finish in the Turkish Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton leading home Jenson Button.

But the race hinged on a sensational moment when the two Red Bull drivers crashed into each other while leading the race.

Mark Webber led the race from the start and Sebastian Vettel moved up to take second behind him.

Hamilton, who had slipped back to third after starting on the dirty side of the grid, fought back, passing Vettel around the outside of turn three for second place.

Jenson Button had also lost a position at the start, Michael Schumacher passing him for fourth. He used the McLaren’s straight-line speed to swing around the outside of the Mercedes at turn 12.

Hamilton now set about trying to pass Webber, but couldn’t get close enough to make the MP4/25’s superior speed count. Webber pulled away through turn eight on every lap, Hamilton closed back in on the straight, but he couldn’t find a way past.

His job got more difficult when a slow pit stop due to a stuck right-rear tyre allowed Vettel by into second place. Now Red Bull had a one-two on their hands.

At first it looked like the biggest threat to them was an incoming rain shower. This was a surprise as none had been forecast for the race, and in the end the shower slowed down and petered out before it reached the track.

While the teams made preparations to deal with the rain, gradually Vettel began getting closer to Webber. On lap 41 he made his move, puling alongside Webber at the exit of turn 11.

The pair made contact, Vettel bursting his right-rear tyre and spinning off the track. Webber kept going, but with a smashed front wing he had to make a pit stop.

The McLaren drivers could scarcely believe their fortune but Button, now up to second, fancied his chances of a third win. He drew alongside his team mate on the outside of turn 12 and scrambled past.

That left Button on the outside of the last corner and Hamilton used his momentum to get back alongside. The pair touched wheels as they dived into turn one side-by-side and Hamilton seized the lead back.

Afterwards Hamilton said he was surprised to see Button so close to him. Both McLaren drivers were told to save fuel in the closing stages of the race and Hamilton felt that had helped Button:

The target they gave me was perhaps a bit slower than what they meant for me and suddenly Jenson was with me.
Lewis Hamilton

After that exchange Button never troubled Hamilton again.

The two front running teams had left their rivals so far behind that Webber was able to collect third place even after his extra pit stop.

The two Mercedes were behind him, Schumacher ahead of Rosberg.

Robert Kubica was close behind Rosberg having kept Felipe Massa’s Ferrari behind all race.

Vitaly Petrov defended his eighth place from Fernando Alonso for many laps but Alonso finally forced his way through in the dying stages of the race.

The pair made contact and Petrov’s car was damaged, forcing him to make a pit stops and costing him a points finish. Nonetheless Petrov set the fastest lap on his final tour.

That promoted Adrian Sutil to ninth and Kamui Kobayashi into tenth, scoring his and Sauber’s first points of the year.

Eight cars finished out of the points with both Lotuses and HRTs the only retirements, along with Vettel.

Hamilton’s first win of the season moves him up to third place, nine points behind Webber. Vettel, who jointly led the championship heading into this race, falls to fifth.

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107 comments on McLaren take one-two as Red Bull self-destruct

  1. Macca77 said on 30th May 2010, 16:34

    It is just me or Webber AGAIN didn’t respect the line of the guy that is passing him ?

    • Patrickl said on 30th May 2010, 17:07

      How so? Webber didn’t turn into Vettel. He gave Vettel enough room.

    • sumedh said on 30th May 2010, 18:58

      I can’t understand why Webber didn’t chose to go the right!! Had he done that and regained the racing line before his teammate, he would have repassed Vettel.

  2. Stevo said on 30th May 2010, 16:46

    I’m a Mclaren fan and I watched the race with my Dad (a Red Bull fan). I was not happy when Seb got ahead of Hamilton, but I enjoyed the look on his face when the RBs collided. After that he kept repeating Vettel is a prat (someting he normally says about Hamilton) and went down the pub.

  3. Mole said on 30th May 2010, 16:47

    In the forum Button said he was saving fuel from much earlier, presumably when Crofty said he was saving his tires. Button had gotten into a better rhythm with this and Hamilton was just settling in, which would explain why Button had an advantage on the straight, but also why Hamilton was surprised as he didnt know Button was used to it. So please stop this rubbish about McLaren helping Button! In fact, I think Hamilton was a bit out of control in his Turn 1 overtake, and Button did have the ability to challenge again: he made up almost 2 seconds on the last lap!

    • when hamilton was comfortably cruising home and then slowed right down to take the flag. you can’t read anything into last lap times, unless the respective drivers are still fully going for it (ie. neck and neck)

  4. Charles Carroll said on 30th May 2010, 16:53

    As far as Petrov vs. Alonso, I was okay with the result. I would have loved to see Petrov hold off the former champion, but I also love the fact that Alonso was willing to take the risk and force his way past. Its racing, and if you want to win, you will take chances. I give credit to both drivers, and though Petrov ended up on the short end of the stick, he still had a marvelous race.

    A sign of things to come, I believe.

  5. Charles Carroll said on 30th May 2010, 16:57

    I’ll also say, that as a new fan, and one steeped in NASCAR territory, I far prefer racers who are aggressive and take chances, even crashing out if it happens. I like Vettel, Button, Hamilton, Petrov, and Alonso as a result.

    Guys who simply lay down in front of others, like Glock, or are overly conservative I find dreadfully boring.

    Races like this will win over NASCAR, Indy, and other fans. It has won me over.

  6. MarianB said on 30th May 2010, 17:18

    I’m really sorry for Petrov. He was going good almost all race and he deserved finish in points.
    It looks that he is a fighter, and I’m sure we will see many good battles with him in the future.

  7. SoLiD said on 30th May 2010, 17:37

    Webber is a hard guy to pass, he should give more ground imo, but it was vettel who moved towards him.

    I can understand Lewis’ frustration, when the team tells you both the cars are in fuel savings mode you don’t expect your team mate racing you!

  8. Dog said on 30th May 2010, 18:27

    We are not blind or stupid but if Martin Whitmarsh keeping doing this helping Button over Hamilton or favoring Button Over Hamilton then i think it’s time Hamilton to look for find another team next year, because what we have seen today is not good. i wonder why McLaren trying to handicap Lewis to help Jensen, again…and why was Lewis told to slow down and conserve fuel, because to give a chance allowing Jensen to get close to him and attack , and when that didn’t work out then Jensen is told to conserve fuel!? what a joke.
    i don’t like this and really make me crazy, we all remember China and Singapore. AND NOW IT’S REALLY STINKING MCLAREN SIDE

    • My feelings exactly!
      Thank you

    • David A said on 30th May 2010, 19:11

      Except Mclaren aren’t trying to handicap Hamilton. Both drivers were told to conserve fuel (with Button being told that the situation was “critical”). It’s just that Hamilton eased off more than Button did, only for Hamilton to brilliantly retake the lead.

      • Electrolite said on 30th May 2010, 19:50

        Quit all this Mclaren favouring this, Mclaren favouring that rubbish! Geez, imagine the uproar if Button had won!

  9. Pablo said on 30th May 2010, 18:44

    @ scribe or any one else who can answer. How do u get the radio 5 live commentary on over the BBC f1 feed? I thought with red button but on my freebies today it was just tennis? But I do agree they are far better from what I heard on the practice sessions.

    • HounslowBusGarage said on 31st May 2010, 12:09

      Start up two instances of your web browser. One for the BBC1 video feed with the sound off and the other one for the 5Live feed.
      Then start a third version for the F1 Fanatic Live Blog!

  10. I am so happy Lewis won!
    And oh yah, Vettel is toast!

  11. Electrolite said on 30th May 2010, 19:47

    Great drive from Hamilton and Button, neither put a foot wrong and gave us some great driving. Without putting eachother out.

    Same to Webber, Vettel obviously is getting frustrated with Webber’s superior form as of late and made a very rash move in a desperate attempt to take back his lead.

    Well done to Kobayashi and Sauber, delighted to see them double finish and in points; and Petrov too!

  12. Nobody seems to be mentioning the great pass lewis did around the outside of vettel at turn 3 on the first lap.

    Also, i was pleased to see some aggressive moves from button; he did brilliantly to hang it around the outside of hamilton- brave move.

  13. f1yankee said on 30th May 2010, 21:50

    sounds like i picked one hell of a race to sleep through

  14. maestrointhesky said on 30th May 2010, 22:09

    I am from the school of thought that Hamilton can learn a lot more from Button than people think so, well done Ham! You beat off Button’s opportunism in a way that you probably would have let get to you in the very early part of the season. Button appears more of a renegade when it comes to team orders. Hamilton also did it without crashing into his teammate. I think both teams miscalculated how close they would be relative to each other and RBR in particular, thought they could have saved fuel much earlier having pulled out the usual gap they’ve managed with every lead they’ve had. It didn’t happen though so well done McLaren! There’s only one thing left now if you’re listening. EXHAUST DRIVEN DOUBLE DIFFUSERS! You need more rear end down force!

    With regards to the main talking point, Vettel’s fault – 100%! He tried a very similar thing down the pit lane with Hamilton at Shanghai where he suggested Hamilton tried to ‘touch’ him. A very different result when you try it at 190mph though! He needs to rein his neck generally but more to the point, he should have driven within the space Webber allowed him. I’ve never been a big Webber fan, and yes, he perhaps could have yielded to Vettel knowing that he had to save fuel earlier which would have enabled the team to score a potential maximum. That is a not in a race drivers’ instinct and hats off to Webber, he was going to make the pass as difficult as possible. Had he managed to keep Vettel behind for that lap they would have both been in that ‘fuel saving’ mode and the tactic could have paid off the with a Webber win. The fact remains, Vettel tried to drive into space that wasn’t there and the stewards should reprimand him for causing an accident!

  15. schooner said on 30th May 2010, 23:16

    It sure was great to watch a dry race where the most exciting action was happening up at the pointy end! Kudos to Hamilton and Button for respecting each other’s space during that cool scrap they had towards the end, and the bonehead award goes out to Vettel and Webber for being so dang (Red?)bullheaded. I mostly blame Vettel, but Webber surely could have left him just a tad more room. Fun stuff! I’ve now got high hopes for McLaren in Canada. Those long straights should suit the car well.

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