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Red Bull's Vettel wins Turkish Grand Prix

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-09

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel (pictured) handed Red Bull a victory at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, in what is his third win in four races this season.

REUTERS - Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday as Red Bull delighted in a one-two finish after last year’s embarrassment and pain. 

Vettel’s third win in four races this season stretched his overall lead to 34 points over McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, a distant fourth on Sunday.
 
The 23-year-old German led from pole position, his fifth in a row dating back to last year, and never looked in any trouble on a sunny afternoon at Istanbul Park where spectators witnessed a resurgent Ferrari and a disappointing McLaren.
 
Australian Mark Webber, whose hopes of victory last year evaporated after the two Red Bull team mates collided while fighting for the lead late in the race, finished second after a thrilling battle with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
 
“The fight with Fernando was a little unexpected, he drove brilliantly but in the end I had a fresher set of tyres and got the job done,” said Webber.
 
“Seb is obviously on a fantastic run at the moment.”
 
Spaniard Alonso might have hoped for second place but had to settle for third, his team’s first podium finish since last November in Brazil.
 
“We are in the right direction but this is only the first step,” he said.
 
Vettel’s 13th career win, and sixth from his last eight starts, was third time lucky for champions Red Bull who celebrated their first Turkish success despite starting the previous two Istanbul races on pole.
 
Turkish tradition
 
“You beauty, Seb,” shouted team boss Christian Horner as his driver, who had crashed heavily in Friday’s opening free practice, took the chequered flag and whooped in delight from the cockpit.
 
Vettel has 93 points to Hamilton’s 59 and Webber’s 55.
 
The German also kept up a Turkish tradition, with the winner in Istanbul coming from the front row in all seven of the races held here to date.
 
Germany’s Nico Rosberg was fifth for Mercedes with Britain’s Jenson Button sixth. He was the only driver in the top six to do three stops rather than four.
 
The Renaults of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov were seventh and eighth while Sebastien Buemi was ninth for Toro Rosso.
 
Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi, starting from the back of the grid after failing to set a time in qualifying, snatched the final point for Sauber.
 
Mercedes had a disappointing afternoon after seeming to have made a big step up in qualifying. Seven-times champion Michael Schumacher collided with Petrov and finished 12th and last of the unlapped drivers.
 
“It was mostly my mistake—suddenly we got together and I lost my front wing,” the German told the BBC. “There was lots of fighting and lots of action, but all for nothing.”

 

Date created : 2011-05-08

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