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SEBASTIAN VETTEL (Red Bull) eased to victory in this season’s Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park. This was his 13th career victory in just his 66th start, matching what the late great Ayrton Senna achieved.

The reigning world champion won the 58-lap race in a time of 1:30:17.558 at an average speed of 127.957-mph and increased his championship lead over the rest of the chasing pack. Vettel’s team-mate, Mark Webber, made it a Red Bull one-two, finishing second just ahead of a resurgent Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). Webber set the fastest lap of the race on lap 48 (1:29.703, 133.240-mph).

The Red Bull team celebrating yet another win.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) arrived home 30-seconds behind Alonso in fourth place, with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button in fifth and sixth places respectively. The remaining point’s positions were taken by: the Renaults of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov, Sébastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) and Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi who had to start at the back of the grid.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher were the big name drivers to miss out on points, finishing 11th and 12th.

While Vettel was out in front racing himself; the rest of the drivers put on an extremely entertaining race. One of the main highlights was Hamilton and Button battling it out again just as they had done last year. Seeing other team-mates fight on the road is entertaining, but not when it’s the two guys who you want to win! But unlike the Red Bulls last year it didn’t all end in tears.

Déjà vu anybody?

Hamilton was again in the action when he and Massa wound up racing each other down the pit-lane at 60-mph. Ferrari shouldn’t have released Massa when they did, but fortunately the drivers and other pit crews were alert to the situation and the racing carried on as normal when the pair re-entered the track.

Massa (red car) swerves to miss Hamilton (silver car) in the pit lane.

Michael Schumacher was causing trouble again by bumping into people, while the two Renaults nearly crashed in the pit-lane entrance when they got caught in traffic.

The DRS made overtaking perhaps just a little bit too easy in this race, and I think it needs to be moved a bit further around the track for the next race in Turkey (if there is going to be one). But the new Pirelli tyres worked a treat. The racing out on track was constantly being mixed up the increased tyre degradation around the high-speed circuit, and the record for most pit-stops in a race was broken as a result. The 2011 Turkish Grand Prix saw an incredible 82 pit-stops! Something tells me we may see over 100 in Canada which saw a high number of stops last season on Bridgestone tyres.

With regards to the next race in Spain there can only be two objectives. Stop Red Bull, and failing that just stop Vettel. But will the rest of the field be able to do so?

Vettel (left) looks unstoppable, but the next race is Alonso’s (right) home event...let the bull see the red rag!

Sorry for the extreme lateness and shortness of this post, but I’ve been finishing off a diploma course in the last few weeks and just have not had the time on my hands. I hope you understand.

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP – After 4/19 Races.

Pos

Driver

Constructor

Points

Gap From 1st

1

Sebastian VETTEL (GER)

Red Bull

93

2

Lewis HAMILTON (ENG)

McLaren

59

34

3

Mark WEBBER (AUS)

Red Bull

55

38

4

Jenson BUTTON (ENG)

McLaren

46

47

5

Fernando ALONSO (ESP)

Ferrari

41

52

6

Felipe MASSA (BRA)

Ferrari

24

69

7

Nick HEIDFELD (GER)

Renault

21

72

8

Vitaly PETROV (RUS)

Renault

21

72

9

Nico ROSBERG (GER)

Mercedes

20

73

10

Kamui KOBAYASHI (JAP)

Sauber

8

85

11

Michael SCHUMACHER (GER)

Mercedes

6

87

12

Sébastien BUEMI (SWI)

Toro Rosso

6

87

13

Adrian SUTIL (GER)

Force India

2

91

14

Paul DI RESTA (SCO)

Force India

2

91

 

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP – After 4/19 Races.

Pos

Constructor

Engine

Points

Gap From 1st

1

RED BULL (AUT)

Renault

148

2

MCLAREN (ENG)

Mercedes

105

43

3

FERRARI (ITA)

Ferrari

65

83

4

RENAULT (ENG)

Renault

42

106

5

MERCEDES (GER)

Mercedes

26

122

6

SAUBER (SWI)

Ferrari

8

140

7

TORO ROSSO (ITA)

Ferrari

6

142

8

FORCE INDIA (IND)

Mercedes

4

144

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