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F1 Turkish Grand Prix: Red Bull collision 'not ideal' says Mark Webber

Red Bull will begin their inquest after a collision between F1 world championship leader Mark Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel cost the team a one-two finish at the Turkish Grand Prix.

 
F1 Turkish Grand Prix: Red Bull collision 'not ideal' says Mark Webber
Bulls up: Mark Webber heads back to his team garage after finishing third at the Turkish Grand Prix following a collision with team-mate Sebastian Vettel Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Webber came in third to forge an outright lead in the drivers championship but his coming-together with Vettel, on lap 40 of 58, cost Red Bull the chance of first and second.

Instead, as Vettel retired, Lewis Hamilton picked up his first victory of the season, while fellow Jenson Button was runner-up, giving McLaren maximum points.

The two Red Bulls came together as Vettel attempted to seize the race lead from the Australian. "Seb had top-speed advantage," Webber said. "He then went down the inside, we were side by side, it looked like he turned quick right and we made contact.

"It's a shame for the team and not an ideal day. It can happen sometimes and when you are at the front it's difficult.

"There was a long way to go into the race, so it wasn't a guaranteed victory, but it was an interesting few metres on the track between us."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said: "It was very disappointing. I need to talk to both drivers. We did everything right as a team, but they should never have been there, where they were.

"It is bad for the team and we have lost a lot of points. I always ask them to give each other room, but we have handed the points on a plate to McLaren now.

"We saw Lewis and Jenson racing each other and giving each other space. That's all we ask for."

Hamilton's win lifted him up to third in the F1 drivers' title race behind Webber, who continued to lead on 93 points with Button second on 88. Vettel has 78. In the constructors' championship, McLaren leap-frogged to the top ahead of Red Bull on 172 points to 171.

Vettel, who failed to score, trudged back to the paddock, later saying: "I'm not very happy now after something like this happens. We are all pretty much the same speed and pace and I felt I was able to go quicker. I dived down the left, I had the corner so I was trying to focus on the braking and I lost the car.

"We are a team and we have to respect that fact. It's important points for myself, and the team, that are lost and it's not the best case..."

 
 
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