June 7, 2010

2010 F1 Turkish Grand Prix Review

Lewis Hamilton (1st) and his girlfriend, Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Photo by Reuters

The 2010 Formula One Turkish Grand Prix race was run at Istanbul Park, in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday - May 30, 2010. McLaren's (Mercedes) English racing driver Lewis Hamilton won the his first race of this year.

This post contains a list of title linked Formula1.com entries (Qualifying through post race) for followers of Formula One racing that want to review the event, the seventh of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Season.

Links to preview posts and other interesting F1 items published on the internet, but not having to do with this event specifically, may be found in the last two Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' blog entries. To visit those lists, click here and then here.

Qualifying - Webber beats Hamilton to Turkey pole
Posted at Formula1.com on May 29, 2010

Mark Webber continued his recent excellent form to snatch another pole position for Red Bull on the final runs in Q3 in Turkey on Saturday afternoon, cutting beneath Lewis Hamilton’s benchmark first-run lap of 1m 26.542s with 1m 26.295s. McLaren’s Hamilton was the only other frontrunner to improve on his second run, but though he set the fastest times in the first and second sectors a weak middle sector restricted him to 1m 26.433s, which leaves him on the outside front-row position...

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on May 29, 2010

Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi on failing to make it through to Q2; Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on how the F10's lack of pace ruled him out of the top-ten shoot-out; and Red Bull’s Mark Webber on scoring his third - and Red Bull’s seventh - successive pole position. All 24 drivers, and senior team personnel, review Saturday’s action at Istanbul Park...

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Turkey
Posted at Formula1.com on May 29, 2010

Drivers: 1. Mark Webber (Red Bull), 1m 26.295s; 2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1m 26.433s, 3. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1m 26.760s.

Q: Mark, I am not sure what the Australian word for deja vu is but here we go again. Third pole in a row and I suppose reward for all the reliability problems you have had this weekend.
Mark Webber: Yeah, it hasn't been the smoothest of weekends for us in terms of getting the running in. Obviously Friday was a little bit disrupted but not massively to be honest. If you could ever have a problem with the engine it is probably the right time to have it. This morning also we were not having the easiest P3 to be honest but getting ready for qualy, things started to get a bit better...

Qualifying analysis - can Hamilton halt Webber's winning streak?
Posted at Formula1.com on May 29, 2010

Red Bull’s Mark Webber once again took the top grid slot during qualifying for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix. But with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in second, Sebastian Vettel found himself down in third in the other RB6. Reigning world champion Jenson Button and Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher make up the top five. We take a team-by-team look at how all the runners performed...

Paddock Postcard from Istanbul
Posted at Formula1.com on May 30, 2010

After the glitz and glamour of Monaco, in Turkey the paddock focus returned to the on-track action and some thrilling support races to this weekend's Formula One competition. Pastor Maldonado scored a dominant victory for the Rapax team in Saturday’s GP2 feature race, grabbing an immediate lead from slow-starting poleman iSport’s Davide Valsecchi who was left to scrap over second place with Mexico’s Sergio Perez and Briton Sam Bird...

Turkish Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com on May 30, 2010

Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel on their fateful collision; Lotus on their double DNF; and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton on taking his first victory of 2010. All 24 drivers and their teams review Sunday’s action...

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button finish first and second.
Photo by Reuters.

Race - McLaren one-two as Red Bulls tangle in Turkey
Posted at Formula1.com on May 30, 2010

When McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton broke his duck in 2010 he did so in dramatic style, in a Turkish Grand Prix that at one stage seemed destined to yield Red Bull yet another one-two.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber led off the line as team mate Sebastian Vettel boiled through to push slow-starting Hamilton down to third and Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher edged ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button for fourth. Both McLaren drivers made up a place on that opening tour...

Q&A with Red Bull’s Helmut Marko: We are not amused
Posted at Formula1.com on May 30, 2010

As Red Bull’s motorsport consultant, Dr Helmut Marko is the perfect person to ask about the incident between the team’s drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber during the Turkish Grand Prix. Watching the duo go wheel-to-wheel and then lose an almost guaranteed one-two by ending up colliding was not the ideal end to the Istanbul Park weekend. And Marko and the rest of the team are keen to have a serious word with both drivers to ensure it never happens again...

FIA post-race press conference - Turkey
Posted at Formula1.com on May 30, 2010

1st Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1h28m47.620s; 2nd Jenson Button (McLaren), 1h28m50.265s; 3rd Mark Webber (Red Bull), 1h29m11.905s.

Q: Lewis, first win of the season for you. Great scrap. First with Mark, then Sebastian (Vettel) and then Jenson and finally you emerge as the winner. What a race.
Lewis Hamilton: It was quite an exciting race. We knew that we had good race pace. We knew that we would be able to stay with the Red Bulls. Unfortunately they were so fast through turn eight that it was very difficult to be able to slipstream Mark...

Q&A with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton
Posted at Formula1.com on May 31, 2010

After Saturday’s qualifying session in Istanbul, Lewis Hamilton found himself in the promising situation of having split the Red Bulls on the grid, and contemplating whether Turkey could be a good place to start winning in 2010. He and McLaren team mate Jenson Button may well have benefited from the Red Bull tussle in the race, but that was far from the whole story...

Turkey analysis - Red Bull on the run
Posted at Formula1.com on May 31, 2010

The collision between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel was undoubtedly the talking point of Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, but the real story was the fact that Red Bull’s opposition - notably McLaren - has closed the gap on the once dominant team. Lewis Hamilton split the RB6s in qualifying and he and team mate Jenson Button applied a telling level of pressure in the race, culminating in a well-deserved one-two. We take a team-by-team look at events in Istanbul...

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