Motorsport Wrap for Monday 31st May 2010
 

RED BULL INFIGHTING LEAVES HAMILTON IN FRONT

Australia's Mark Webber has sole possession of the lead in the Formula One World Championship, but all the talk from Istanbul was about what happened on lap 40 of the Turkish Grand Prix.

After starting on the softer of Bridgestone's Potenza compounds, Webber led away from pole position and was holding his teammate Sebastian Vettel at bay.

However, the two Red Bull drivers made contact as they fought for the lead on lap 40, with Vettel appearing to cut across the Australian as he attempted to overtake. The German was out of the race on the spot, while Webber managed to finish third behind the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The third place cemented Webber's place on top of the standings, but the Australian was far from happy.

"Sebastian had a bit of a top speed advantage, he went down the inside and we were side by side. I was surprised when he came right suddenly, as I was holding my racing line. It happened very, very fast and it's a shame for the team," he said.

The two McLarens were on pace all weekend, shadowing the Red Bulls prior to their accident. Button made a late charge on his teammate, but it was Hamilton who went on to take his first victory of the year.

"Today we saw a real Turkish delight in Istanbul. The pace at the front was exceptionally close on both compounds of Bridgestone Potenza and this provided exciting racing," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.

"Our tyres performed well on one of the toughest corners in motorsport, despite the forces they are put under by this season's ever improving aerodynamics and heavier cars. Our primary concern is always safety and we are proud to have provided safe tyres for this race."

The next race is the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on 11-13 June.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

 1.Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 93 points 
 2.Jenson Button (GB)McLaren Mercedes 88
 3.Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren Mercedes84
 4.Fernando Alonso (Sp) Ferrari 79