F1: Sebastian Vettel wins Turkish Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel
Istanbul, May 9: Sebastian Vettel, the Red Bull driver won the Turkish Grand Prix on May 8, thus, clinching his third win of the season ahead of team-mate Mark Webber. He now leads the standings for Red Bull.

23-year old Vettel also owns the record for being the youngest Formula One World Champion. He won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2010 to clinch the record.

Red Bull started the the race with 1-2 on grid with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso being the third one apart from the duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Alonso finished third, giving Ferrari its first Podium finish in 2011.

The race which saw a lot of bumping, overtaking early on, and four tyre changes by the top four drivers became a riveting affair of jockeying for position from start to finish and turned into a battle of not only the fastest cars, best strategists, but also the most adept drivers. But the most remarkable thing about the race was Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, started on Pole position, steered the race throughout and strengthened his lead in the championship.

Vettel now leads the series with 93 points to 59 for Lewis Hamilton who finished fourth on May 8, 55 for Webber and 46 for Jenson Button, who is Hamilton"s McLaren-Mercedes teammate.

In the post-match conference, an ecstatic Vettel said, “A very good race today, very smooth, and pretty much in control from start to finish...It was a bit of a comfortable situation having Nico behind me for the first five laps, because I was able to open a gap quicker than if Mark was behind...This way, throughout the race we were able to react rather than act."

Vettel's team-mate Webber said, “Seb got the cushion, and it"s a bit like tennis or squash when you have the ball in control...At the end of the race, we had a comeback, and I think I had a better set of tires than Fernando did, and these days the tires are everything."

Next in line is the Spanish Grand Prix scheduled from May 22, in what is a very hectic year for Formula One. Of the 20 GP events scheduled for the year, Bahrain Grand Prix was called after civil unrest broke out in the country.

India is also set to get its debut F1 event scheduled for October 30, 2011.

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