Hamilton races to brilliant victory in Turkey

Posted on May 30, 2010

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Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in a blistering race which saw Red Bull’s drivers collide, taking out Sebastian Vettel and relegating pole sitter Mark Webber to third.

Lewis Hamilton finally claims his first 2010 victory after an outstanding race. Credit: BBC

The two British world champions demonstrated the power of McLaren’s development as both Hamilton and Jenson Button were easily on the race pace of the Red Bull, with all four car disappearing into the distance.

And Hamilton will be delighted to come out on top after a difficult first part of the season. The Briton did not put a foot wrong today, even when put under huge pressure by his teammate.

He briefly lost the lead to Button on lap 48 and the pair were side by side through turns 12 and 13. But Hamilton cut back past Button on the first corner of the next lap in a stunning piece of racing.

It was much less than formation flying for the Red Bull drivers, after Vettel made a wild jab to pass his his teammate, taking himself out and forcing Webber to stop for a new front wing in the process.

Vettel told reporters after: “I drove down the inside. I was trying to focus on the braking point. All of a sudden I lost the car.

“We are a team at the end of the day.”

Christian Horner will no doubt have words with both men but at the end of the day it’s a racing incident. It should not disrupt the team dynamic even though all concerned will be disappointed with another missed opportunity on race day.

There was no-one else in contention today, with the Red Bull and McLaren cars more than 30 seconds ahead of the field by about lap 30. The Mercedes is probably the third fastest car, though Nico Rosberg appeared to be holding up the Renault of Robert Kubica for long portions of the race.

It was a cracking race at the front, one of the best of the season. Webber leaves Turkey with a lead in the drivers’ champtions, while McLaren have edged ahead in the constructors’ contest.

Full results:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 Winner 2 25
2 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 +2.6 secs 4 18
3 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 58 +24.2 secs 1 15
4 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 58 +31.1 secs 5 12
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 58 +32.2 secs 6 10
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 58 +32.8 secs 7 8
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 +36.6 secs 8 6
8 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +46.5 secs 12 4
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 58 +49.0 secs 11 2
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 58 +65.6 secs 10 1
11 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 58 +65.9 secs 13
12 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 58 +67.8 secs 16
13 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 18
14 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 15
15 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 57 +1 Lap 9
16 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 14
17 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 17
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 58 +3 Laps 21
19 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 58 +3 Laps 23
20 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 52 +6 Laps 24
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 46 +12 Laps 22
Ret 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 39 Accident 3
Ret 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 33 +25 Laps 20
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 32 +26 Laps 19
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