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Turkey dropped from 2012 calendar

The calendar for the 2012 Formula 1 season has been reduced to 20 races, as the Turkish Grand Prix was formally dropped from the listings today.

The Istanbul Park track was finished in 2005, but has suffered poor attendance due to being located in the middle of nowhere.

Negotiations have been ongoing for months between the circuit organisers and Bernie Ecclestone, but financial difficulties forced the track into pulling out of F1.

The revised calndar was yesterday unanimously approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council via fax vote.

In other changes to the calendar, there will now be 6 back-to-back races. The Australian Grand Prix keeps the season opener slot, but is still in doubt after 2015. The Bahrain Grand Prix will be the fourth race of the year, in mid-April.

The new United States Grand Prix is the penultimate round, with Interlagos in Brazil hosting the finale.

Also, on a slightly related note, the 2012 season now begins on my 18th birthday!

18/03  Australia
25/03  Malaysia
15/04  China
22/04  Bahrain
13/05  Spain
27/05  Monaco
10/06  Canada
24/06  Europe
08/07  Great Britain
22/07  Germany
29/07  Hungary
02/09  Belgium
09/09  Italy
23/09  Singapore
07/10  Japan
14/10  Korea
28/10  India
04/11  Abu Dhabi
18/11  United States
25/11  Brazil

Vettel takes third win of the season in Turkey

Rosberg takes P2 at the start

Rosberg takes P2 at the start

Sebastian Vettel took a convincing victory at the Turkish Grand Prix. A perfectly-executed strategy, combined with excellent pace, left him ahead of Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, who battled for most of the race. Lewis Hamilton was 4th, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button. The Renaults were 7th and 8th, while Sebastien Buemi took his first point of the year. Kamui Kobayashi jumped up 14 places to finish 10th. Here is the full report:

At the start, Webber predictably had a slow start from the dirty side of the grid. Rosberg snatched 2nd place, while Lewis Hamilton ran wide at Turn 4 and lost several places. Both Sergio Perez and Michael Schumacher pitted for new front wings.

Kamui Kobayashi got on with the job, passing 4 cars in the first half of the first lap. Meanwhile, Hamilton and Webber began to pressurise Button and Rosberg for P5 and P2 respectively.

DRS gave Webber an easy pass past Rosberg, while Button and Hamilton began dicing it out for 5th place. Combining DRS and KERS at different parts of the circuit led to several overtaking moves in the first few laps between the McLaren drivers.

Massa gets alongside Hamilton in the pit lane

Massa gets alongside Hamilton in the pit lane

Just after passing Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Lewis both pitted on Lap 10. However, as Felipe exited his box, Lewis did what Sebastian Vettel did in China 2010, and pushed him into the mechanic side of the pit lane. Massa eventually yielded, but the stewards intervening was certainly a possibility.

Alonso and Rosberg pitted a lap later, the Mercedes driver losing pace after his great start. Vettel, now 5 seconds in front of Webber, took on a new set of softs on Lap 12. Renault nearly suffered a disaster, as Vitaly Petrov pushed Nick Heidfeld into the pit lane entry while battling for position. Luckily Heidfeld avoided entering the pits, but gesticulated angrily at his teammate.

After holding up Vettel for several laps, Jenson Button retired the lead to the Red Bull, switiching to a used set of soft tyres. Kamui Kobayashi surprised Schumacher by diving down the inside, and was soon followed by Adrian Sutil. Massa attempted several passes on Rosberg for 5th position, but Nico held his ground.

Felipe eventually muscled past Nico, but Button made a fantastic move at the final corner, sweeping around the outside of the Mercedes. Rosberg conceded defeat and pitted for a new set of soft tyres.

Nick Heidfeld easily outbraked Paul di Resta for 11th place. Vettel pitted for a second time, and emerged 8 seconds ahead of Webber. Fernando Alonso began to close in on the Aussie. The Ferrari breezed past the Red Bull at Turn 12 for 2nd place.

Vettel held a 9 second lead to Alonso, while Hamilton pitted from 4th. A disastrous pit stop, with a sticking wheel nut, and holding the McLaren while cars went past, cost Lewis about 10 seconds. Rosberg stopped from 7th, and went from hards onto softs.

Massa ran wide onto the marbles at Turn 8, losing 3 places to Schumacher, Di Resta and Kobayashi. The Ferrari quickly recovered to take 13th off the Sauber.

After most of the frontrunners had made their third stop, Alonso had slightly reduced the gap to Vettel, but now had the problem of possibly having to stop again, while Sebastian was on a definite 3-stopper. Further back, Pastor Maldonado received a penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

With 13 laps to go, Rosberg stopped for a fourth time, keeping the softer compound. Webber followed this strategy, stopping from 3rd position, emerging in the same place. While he was under no pressure, Alonso opted to cover Webber, stopping a lap later. This left Vettel in complete control of the Grand Prix.

Paul di Resta rolled to a halt in his Force India after leaving the pit lane. Hamilton and Massa decided to copy this 4-stop strategy on Lap 47. This left Jenson Button in 4th place, but Lewis was only 2 seconds behind on quicker tyres. Surprisingly, Vettel chose to cover Alonso, pitting on Lap 48.

The two McLarens were very close together with 9 laps to go. Jenson chose not to battle Lewis, and allowed a DRS-assisted pass move Hamilton up to 4th. Rosberg was now a threat, closing in by nearly a second per lap.

Mark Webber shoved his way past Alonso for 2nd, driving around the outside of Turn 12. He held off a spirited challange from the Ferrari driver to hold his position on the pit straight.

Sebastien Buemi, in 7th place for Toro Rosso, spent the last few laps in a tussle with Schumacher and Massa. Michael used his trademark technique to push Buemi out of the way, which allowed Massa through as well. However, Felipe dived down the inside of the Mercedes at turn 1, shoving Schumacher aside, and leaving him in the clutches of Buemi. However, he survived the Toro Rossos assault to keep 8th.

With 3 laps to go, Rosberg sided past Button for 5th position. Nick Heidfeld got past teammate Petrov, taking 7th place.

Vettel was unchallenged in the end to take his 3rd victory of the year. Webber and Alonso took well-deserved podiums, after battling all day long. Kamui Kobayashi was one to note, having leaped up to 10th after starting from the back. His Sauber companion Sergio Perez recovered from his front wing damage on the first lap to finish 13th.

Vettel takes Turkey pole position in the pits

Sebastian Vettel took pole position ahead of tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix. The German, supremely confident with a previous lap time set, decided to sit out the final few minutes of qualifying, and was untouched by any of the other drivers.

Mark Webber was 2nd, while Nico Rosberg impressed to take 3rd place. Here is the full report:


Liuzzi impressed by beating Virgin in Q1

Liuzzi impressed by beating Virgin in Q1

Kamui Kobayashi was the first out of the pits as the session began. However, his car rolled to a halt on his first lap, and left him stranded outside of the pit lane, leaving him out of Q1.

A hard tyre run from Vettel gave him a 1.27.039, more than 2 seconds faster than Paul di Resta. Michael Schumacher, who was within one thousandth of a second of Vettel in Saturday practice, was 0.6 seconds off.

Mark Webber matched Sebastian, while Rosberg went into 3rd place. The McLarens went 3rd and 4th, but Lewis’ lap was ruined after being held up by Michael Schumacher.

Vettel, Webber and Button failed to improve on their times. The Renault drivers went out with only 5 minutes to go. Petrov was 5th, while Heidfeld was classified 11th. Sergio Perez set the fastest sector time in sector 3 to go 10th.

In 17th place with 2 minutes to go, Felipe Massa took the safe option, and set another lap on the soft tyre. He went fastest. but only by 2 hundreths, considering all his rivals used the harder tyre.

His teammate Alonso, still on the hard tyre, was within 3 tenths of Massa.

Jarno Trulli’s session was hampered by a DRS issue, and will start 21st. Jerome D’Ambrosio was 20th, but a 5-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in FP2, and will start at the back of the grid.

Drivers knocked out of Q1:

18) Heikki Kovalainen

19) Jarno Trulli

20) Vitantonio Liuzzi

21) Timo Glock

22) Narain Karthikeyan

23) Kamui Kobayashi

24) Jerome D’Ambrosio *

*5-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in FP2


Barrichello was just knocked out of Q2

Barrichello was just knocked out of Q2

On worn hard tyres, Michael Schumacher set the first lap, a 1.27.458. Webber set the benchmark for soft tyres, with a 1.26.0.

Button went second, while Vettel smashed his teammate’s lap by half a second. Hamilton and Alonso went 2nd and 4th respectively.

The final 5 minutes saw the rest of the field try out the softer tyres. Vitaly Petrov went 6th, Massa took 7th, while Rosberg leaped up to 2nd place.

In the dying seconds of Q2, both Paul di Resta and Rubens Barrichello had a sniff at Q3, but a last-gasp lap from Nick Heidfeld took both drivers out of the session.

Drivers knocked out of Q2:

11) Rubens Barrichello

12) Adrian Sutil

13) Paul di Resta

14) Pastor Maldonado

15) Sergio Perez

16) Sebastien Buemi

17) Jaime Alguersuari


Nico Rosberg seemed content with 3rd on the grid

Nico Rosberg seemed content with 3rd on the grid

The sound of silence at the start of Q3 confirmed the rumours that most drivers would attempt a 1-lap run for Q3.

Left to right: Rosberg, Vettel and Webber after qualifying

Left to right: Rosberg, Vettel and Webber after qualifying

Vitaly Petrov soon got the ball rolling with a 1.26.411. Fernando Alonso set a 1.25.8, while Webber went another 4 tenths faster than the Ferrari. Hamilton got within 1 tenth of the Red Bull.

With 5 minutes to go, Vettel set out for his one and only lap attempt, and destroyed the opposition with a 1.25.0.

In the final 2 minutes, Nick Heidfeld went 9th, while Felipe Massa aborted his run to save his tyres. Upon realising that none of their rivals could beat their times, both Red Bulls parked up in the garage, content with their performance.

Their prediction was correct, as the only driver who got near them was Nico Rosberg, who went 3rd. Lewis was demoted to 4th, while Alonso starts 5th for the 3rd race in a row. Jenson finished 6th, Petrov was 7th, while Schumacher was 1.5 seconds off the pace of Vettel in 8th position.

The searing pace of Vettel remains as feared as ever. Rosberg will be one to watch tomorrow, as he starts on the clean side of the grid, though it remains to be seen can he challenge for the race win. Both Schumacher and Massa disappointed hugely in their final runs.

Button on top in Turkey Friday Practice 2

Button put McLaren on top in the dry conditions

Button put McLaren on top in the dry conditions

Jenson Button headed up the timesheets in second practice for the Turkish Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel was stuck in the pits after his crash this morning.

Nico Rosberg continued his impressive form with 2nd place, less than a tenth off the McLaren. Lewis Hamilton was a further half second behind in 3rd.

The first dry running of the weekend saw much less tyre degradation than expected.

Michael Schumacher survived a scare at Turn 11 to finish 4th, with Mark Webber and Felipe Massa 5th and 6th. Felipe briefly led proceedings early on, but the three-time winner here failed to maintain his pace.

His teammate Fernando Alonso was hampered by a hydraulic issue. A spin later on confined him to 11th.

Williams had a turbulent session, with Rubens Barrichello pulling out after KERS problems. Pastor Maldonado spun on a damp patch at Turn 8, damaging the front of his car, also ending his day prematurely.

At the back of the field, the Virgin cars spent most of the session at the very back, before quicker laps near the end put Glock and D’Ambrosio ahead of HRT.

Times from Turkey FP1:

 1.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1.26.456             26
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1.26.521  	0.065	29
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1.27.033  	0.577	31
 4.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1.27.063  	0.607	21
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1.27.149  	0.693	31
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1.27.340  	0.884	37
 7.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1.27.517  	1.061	37
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1.27.725  	1.269	37
 9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1.27.844  	1.388	32
10.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1.28.052  	1.596	37
11.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1.28.069  	1.613	27
12.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.28.153  	1.697	36
13.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                 1.28.475  	2.019	35
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1.28.765  	2.309	32
15.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1.28.828  	2.372	19
16.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1.28.946  	2.490	20
17.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1.29.409  	2.953	39
18.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1.29.637  	3.181	27
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1.30.281  	3.825	37
20.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1.31.035  	4.579	28
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1.31.221  	4.765	22
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1.31.320  	4.864	29
23.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1.31.989  	5.533	30

Vettel crashes out of wet Friday Practice 1

Alonso put Ferrari on top

Alonso put Ferrari on top

Sebastian Vettel crashed out of Friday Practice 1 for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was comfortably fastest in a soaked session, setting a 1.38.670, over 1.4 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg.

Vettel lost control on the exit kerb of Turn 8, and slammed into the barriers, ending his day after only 5 laps. He was running on intermediate tyres at the time, despite the track being near saturated with water. On the previous lap he had run wide at Turn 11.

Michael Schumacher, Pastor Maldonado, Timo Glock and Sebastien Buemi also all ran wide at Turn 11.

Schumacher was behind his teammate in 3rd place, ahead of the Renaults of Heidfeld and Petrov. Daniel Ricciardo was 8th, beating Buem, who was 9th.

Nico Hulkenberg took over from Adrian Sutil, and was 10th, while Paul di Resta finished 13th.

Mark Webber was 11th, having only set 5 laps. Vettel was 17th after his crash. Neither of the McLarens set a competitive lap time, with Button and Hamilton 23rd and 24th.

Interestingly, Alonso reported that the wet tyres wore out much quicker than he expected.

Here is a video of Sebastian’s crash:

Times from FP1:

 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1.38.670           13
 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1.40.072   1.402   14
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1.40.132   1.462   18
 4.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                1.40.338   1.668    9
 5.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1.40.401   1.731   10
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1.40.421   1.751   16
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1.40.697   2.027   14
 8.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.41.094   2.424   18
 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1.41.178   2.508   22
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   1.41.347   2.677   16
11.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1.42.564   3.894    5
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1.42.597   3.927    7
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1.43.525   4.855   11
14.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1.43.913   5.243    5
15.  Karun Chandhok        Lotus-Renault          1.43.986   5.316    6
16.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           1.44.787   6.117   20
17.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1.44.954   6.284    4
18.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1.45.183   6.513   15
19.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1.45.237   6.567   11
20.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth           1.48.461   9.791    8
21.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1.51.676   13.006   6
22.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1.55.791   17.121  13
23.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       2.00.666   21.996   4
24.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       N/A                 1

Pirelli announce tyre compounds for Turkey, Spain and Monaco

Pirelli will bring soft and hard tyres to Spain and Turkey

Pirelli will bring soft and hard tyres to Spain and Turkey

Pirelli have announced their choice of tyre compounds to bring to the Turkish, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix.

The hard and soft tyres will be continued to be used for Turkey and Spain, the same compounds that have been used all so far this season. It is also the same choice that Bridgestone made last year.

The Monaco Grand Prix, meanwhile, will see the introduction of the super-soft tyre, accompanied by the soft tyre.

This means that the medium tyre will be the only tyre that hasn’t been used yet this season.

Also bear in mind that from the Turkish Grand Prix onwards, Pirelli will be using a new system to differentiate the softer tyre from the harder tyre, although their system has not been announced yet.

McLaren told Hamilton that Button would not overtake in Turkey

Lewis Hamilton's lead may have been protected because of team orders

Lewis Hamilton's lead may have been protected because of team orders

The debate about last week’s Turkish Grand Prix has taken an interesting twist, with the news that Lewis Hamilton was told by his team that Jenson Button would not be attempting an overtake. While Button did soon get past, Hamilton quickly retook the position, and Jenson slowed down after that.

After the Red Bulls took each other out of contention, Lewis Hamilton was leading the race ahead of team-mate Jenson Button. Jenson was catching him from behind, as it is believed that Hamilton was instructed to start saving fuel. Before he did, Lewis asked on the radio: “If I back off is Jenson going to pass me or not?”. The team responded: “No, Lewis, no.”

This radio conversation happened before Jenson tried to get past Lewis, and the full conversation is as follows:

Lewis: Jenson’s closing in me you guys.
McLaren: Understood, Lewis.
Lewis: If I back off is Jenson going to pass me or not?
McLaren: No Lewis, no.

Soon after this, Jenson passed Lewis at Turn 12 on Lap 48. However, Lewis swiftly got back his position on Lap 49. On Lap 50, Phil Prew went on to the radio to both drivers, but it is unclear what he said. However, it is my guess that he instructed Button to back off. This is because Jenson never mounted a challenge to Hamilton after Lap 50.

Also, the team spoke to Button two laps later, saying: “We need more fuel saving. Fuel is critical. Save tyres in turn eight.” Many people speculate that this was in fact a coded message (since team orders are banned) for Jenson to not overtake Lewis.

All of this will do no help to alleviate people fears of team orders being used in modern F1. The radio conversation can be listened to on F1.com’s highlights of the race, which is available here.

Ecclestone working on new 10-year deal for Turkish GP

The Istanbul Park circuit is working on a new 10-year contract for the Turkish GPa

The Istanbul Park circuit is working on a new 10-year contract for the Turkish GPa

Bernie Ecclestone has said that Istanbul Park will continue to hold the Turkish Grand Prix, despite having a very poor attendance rate since it started in 2005. Ecclestone also revealed that talks are underway to renew the Turkish venue’s contract, which expired after last week’s race.

Despite poor attendance to the venue in the last few years, Ecclestone was adamant that the situation had improved this year, and was certain that Formula 1 would return next year, saying: “We’ll be here again next year”.

This is excellent news, as the Turkish Grand prix is my favourite of the new circuits, and can certainly throw up an exciting race, as we’ve just seen. Having said that, the attendance is still a big problem, as we have seen. For example, at the Turn 1 grandstand, the crowd for Friday Practice 1 increased this year by 250% – from 4 to 10 people.

However, Turkey still needs to learn how to host an F1 race properly. There are constant complaints from visitors, such as bus drivers and taxi drivers not knowing the way to the circuit, or exorbitant prices for even the cheapest of food. Also, everything that isn’t bolted down after the race is stolen and sold, apparently, even the safety car signs from the marshal’s posts.

Still, if they can provide great racing, then I’m sure problems like that can be sorted easily. The main problem is that most of Istanbul isn’t even aware there’s a Grand Prix on, so it’s just a matter of advertising it around the country.

Red Bull self-destruct hands McLaren a 1-2 in Turkey

Lewis Hamilton took his first win of the 2010 season yesterday in Turkey, after an absolute disastrous race for the Red Bull team. The Austrian squad were holding a 1-2 lead, with Webber leading Vettel, before they both collided into each other, gifting the race to McLaren.

Mark Webber retains his lead, while Sebastian Vettel gets into second place

Mark Webber retains his lead, while Sebastian Vettel gets into second place

At the start, Mark Webber retained his advantage at the top, while Sebastian Vettel got ahead of Lewis Hamilton for 2nd place. However, still on the 1st lap, Lewis managed to get the position back at Turn 3. Also, Jenson Button lost 4th place to Michael Schumacher, but similarly fought to get his position back.

Lewis set about catching and passing Webber, but simply wasn’t able to. This is because, at Turn 8, the Red Bull was clearly faster than the McLaren, which meant he couldn’t get close enough on the main straight. However, the advantage of his F-duct meant that he would be able to pounce if Webber made a mistake.

At the first set of stops, a mistake at Hamilton’s pit meant that he dropped to 3rd, behind the two Red Bulls. The problem seemed to be caused by a stuck right-rear tyre. Button had made no progress so far, and didn’t seem to be closing on his team-mate.

But, after the stops, a new threat appeared to be in the form of rain. Heavy clouds were gathering around the circuit, and the radars were predicting rainfall at halfway distance. For the next few laps, the entire field watched closely as the clouds got closer and closer.

While many teams were preparing their strategies for the imminent rain, Vettel closed in on Webber for the lead. On Lap 40, he got close enough on the main straight to make a move, but disaster struck. As Sebastian moved to the left side of the track, Mark pushed him slightly too far. Vettel veered right slightly, and collided with Webber’s car. Both Red Bulls speared off the track, with Vettel retiring on the spot, and Webber in need of repairs. The team were distraught, having thrown away an almost-certain 1-2 victory.

Of course, this handed the 1-2 to the McLarens of Hamilton and Button. Nobody else even came close to challenging them, as the Mercedes cars were miles behind, and the Ferraris completely off the pace. Jenson didn’t seem content with 2nd place though, and began to challenge Lewis for the lead. He made a move on the outside of Turn 12, and managed to get past.

But, this meant that Button was out of shape for the pit straight. Hamilton made excellent use of this fact to respond instantly, diving down the inside of Turn 1. They banged wheels, and Hamilton seized the lead again. After this, Martin Whitmarsh went on the team radio to instruct his drivers to calm down, and Button did not challenge Hamilton after this.

Further back, Fernando Alonso struggled to work his way up the field. He started 12th, and made up 2 places at the first stop, and 1 further place later. Once he got close to Vitaly Petrov in the battle for 8th, the young Russian did very well to defend his position from the 2-time world champion. Fernando finally got past, but not without consequences. Petrov appeared to damage his suspension in that battle, and was forced to pit for repairs. However, it was nice to see that he set the fastest lap of the race after this stop, even if he did lose his points-scoring position.

While Webber soon stopped for repairs on Lap 42, he was able to retain 3rd place, ahead of the two Mercedes cars of Schumacher and Rosberg. Behind them, Robert Kubica held off Felipe Massa for most of the race, ahead of a slow-recovering Alonso. Adrian Sutil and Kamui Kobayashi finished off the top 10.

Out of the points scoring positions, it was a disappointing race for Toro Rosso. The team had used a 2-stop strategy to try and propel their drivers up the order, but it failed to work, leaving Jaime Alguersuari 12th and Sebastien Buemi 16th.

In the earlier stages of the race, Bruno Senna had a great battle with Lucas di Grassi, but unfortunately retired on Lap 22 with a fuel pressure problem. Team-mate Karun Chandhok retired 2 laps later with a fuel pump failure. A similar double-retirement occured at Lotus, with both Kovalainen and Trulli exiting the race within a lap of each other. Both failures were confirmed as hydraulic.

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber celebrate on the podium

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber celebrate on the podium

The expected rain arrived eventually, but only very lightly, and so Hamilton crossed the line first, to take 3rd position in the championship, although Button is still in 2nd, 4 points ahead. Sebastian Vettel collapsed to 5th, while McLaren took the lead of the constructors’ championship by a single point to Red Bull. There are many questions to be asked over the next few days, the most important of which is why two drivers who were belived to be responsible would cause such an unecessary crash.

The standings have been updated, you can view them here.

Turkish Grand Prix qualifying in pictures

Here are the pictures from today’s Turkish Grand Prix qualifying: