Horner on the collision: It was a shame
31 May, 2010
May.31 (Grand Prix 247) Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner summed up his team’s Turkish Grand Prix: it was a shame, but we need to bounce back. We take home another podium, but our drivers collided when they were leading the race.
Horner afterwards was clearly – and understandably – disappointed with the outcome: “To give McLaren 28 points on a plate is very frustrating for everyone in the team – especially after so much hard work. We’ve lost a lot of points today with what’s happened. We need to learn from it, so we don’t find ourselves in this position again.”
Mark Webber finished third in Istanbul having secured pole and then lead every lap up until number 41 when Sebastian Vettel came through on his left-hand side out of Turn 11, the two collided and the German went spinning off-track and out of the race and the Australian slipped down to third.
Webber said, “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. Not an ideal day.”
Vettel said, “If you watch it on the TV, you can see what happened. I’m not in the happiest of moods. I was on the inside going into the corner. I was there, I was ahead and focusing on the braking point and then we touched. Mark’s car hit my rear right wheel and I went off – there’s not much more to say.”
It meant the two McLarens went ahead of Webber to finish Hamilton first with Button behind him.
The first 40 laps had been uneventful – uneventful apart from an excellent start from Webber to keep his P1 and an excellent run from Vettel, battling with Lewis Hamilton to gain second place before the McLaren driver re-passed him. Vettel came in to change tyres a lap earlier than Webber and Hamilton who both came in on lap 15. But superior pit stop work from the Red Bull crew, while McLaren fumbled, in the garage meant Webber and Vettel emerged first and second.
Horner pointed out, “It’s disappointing for the team to have got into that position today. The one thing I always ask the drivers is that, yes, they can race each other, but give each other room, and that’s exactly what didn’t happen.”
From then the McLarens, particularly Hamilton, provided stiff competition, their straight-line speed meant they were able to keep up with the RB6 until 18 laps from the end. But, after the collision Webber had such a lead on fourth placed Michael Schumacher he was able to get his nose cone replaced and still remain on course for that podium.