Fuel problems hault HRT

Hispania racing experienced a disasterous Turkish Grand Prix as both drivers were forced to retire during the race.

Early in the race Karun Chandhok’s car suffered a fuel pump failure, which meant that he was forced to return to the garage with five laps remaining. Meanwhile, team-mate Bruno Senna also experienced a drop in fuel pressure which forced him out of the race.

Despite this the team remain in high spirits and are hoping to continue to improve at the next round of the championship in Canada.

Karun Chandhok – DNF: “It is a bit frustrating to be classified not higher than 20th. In the first stint I was struggling with the pace compared to Bruno’s and the Virgins’. But as we changed to the options tyres the pace came back. Early in the race, the fuel pump failed and I was struggling today for straight line speed. Unfortunately, I finished my race five laps before the chequered flag in the pits.”

Bruno Senna – DNF: “I had a pretty good race today. The start was good and I could win some positions. Also the first laps were quite good. At the end I had a problem with the fuel system and that’s why I had to retire. During the race, we were a bit unlucky with traffic as we were ahead of both Virgins. It is sad the we had a fuel pressure problem that caused us to end our race prematurely. But we are on top of it and hopefully we can get it sorted. I had a fair battle with Lucas Di Grassi as we had a faster car than Virgin and hopefully we can have another fight for positions soon.”

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “It was a difficult race for us. We were running well and making good progress, gaining good experience. It was disappointing to have one car retire on a fuel system problem and Karun Chandhok not finish higher than 20th. We now look ahead to the next race in Canada.”

Sutil happy to claim points after difficult weekend

Adrian Sutil was relieved to score points in Istanbul, following the issues which Force India had encountered throughout the weekend.

Sutil himself had been forced out of the third practice session with technical issues and had never entirely been happy with the set up of the car. Despite this, the German managed to capitalise on Sebastian Vettel and Vitaly Petrov’s misfortunes to finish ninth and take home two valuable points.

Tonio Liuzzi also recovered well from his lowly qualifying position to finish thirteenth and said afterwards that he had been happy with the pace of the VJM03.

Adrian Sutil – 9th:It was a good race in the end, I enjoyed it. I had a good start and first lap and the only real downside was the pit stop when we lost a few seconds at a crucial time. That’s where I lost two positions and had to fight back past Kobayashi. I was quite lucky then to benefit from the tussle between Webber and Vettel and then Alonso and Petrov to make up some places. Ninth position after the weekend we’ve had is the most we could have done. OK, we probably lost a position due to the time lost in the stop but at this stage any points are good. We still have some developments coming for the next race and our next task is to use the SRW on my car – and once we get these done I think it will be looking really good for the next few races.

Tonio Liuzzi – 13th: It was a long race, but we knew we would have a difficult one after the qualifying yesterday. We realised that we are struggling with the car and I still don’t have the grip. I tried to push hard at the beginning with the strategy but in the end we knew it would be a big job as when you don’t have the right grip it’s tough. We finished 13th on the road, but the pace was not too bad, particularly at the end. We now need to work back at the factory to understand why it’s happening so I can get back in the points again.

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal:After the various issues we’ve had over the weekend, it’s very satisfying to come away from Turkey with some more points to our name. Adrian drove a great race and richly deserved his points today. Tonio has had a harder weekend and we really need to understand why he’s not getting the grip he needs to be able to regain his earlier season form. That will be the focus for next week so when we get to Canada we can have a chance at another double points finish. We’ve also got some work to do on our SRW and when we do, I hope we’ll be mixing it again with the top end.

Petrov sorry to miss out on points after late Alonso clash

Vitaly Petrov has admitted that he is disappointed with missing out on the points in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix, after late contact with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso resulted in his Renault suffering a puncture.

Up until this point the Russian driver had driven a terrific race to stay in contact with his team-mate Robert Kubica and the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa. However, the 25-year-old’s strong performance was ruined when he clashed with Alonso’s F10 late on.

Despite this, Petrov believes the continued updating of the team’s R30 will mean that he will be able to fight again for points next time out.

Team-mate Robert Kubica ensured that it wasn’t entirely disappointing day for the Enstone-based team by scoring a sixth place finish.

Robert Kubica – 6th: It’s been a good weekend for us and it’s nice to score some more points today. Unfortunately we started the race behind the Mercedes and I remained stuck behind them all afternoon, even though my car seemed to be quicker because I could keep up with them easily. I knew we had a chance to get ahead of them during the pit stops and I had a very good out lap, but their pit stops must have been a bit quicker and so we couldn’t jump ahead. The car felt good during the race and the updates we brought here improved the car which is encouraging for the next few races.

Vitaly Petrov – 15th: Although I’m disappointed to miss out on points today, I really enjoyed the race and the car felt really good. During the race I thought there was a chance of rain, which would have made things interesting, but in the end it was very light and didn’t have a big impact on things. At the end of the race my tyres were really worn when I was fighting with Alonso. He tried to go around the outside of me in turn three and my car pushed to the outside so we made contact which caused the puncture. It’s bad luck and I’m disappointed to miss out on scoring points, but there are a lot of positives from this race because the car has the pace to fight in the top ten. Hopefully we can be strong in Canada as well and I can score some points there.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: Overall it has been a very satisfying weekend. Both cars have run well and we had both drivers in the top ten in qualifying for the first time this year. In the race today we again showed the strength of our car and the progress we have made recently, but it was a shame that we couldn’t jump ahead of the Mercedes with Robert during the pit stops because we felt we were quicker than them. As for Vitaly, he has been excellent this weekend and drove a very strong race, pushing Massa hard and fighting well against Alonso. It’s cruel luck to pick up a puncture so close to the end because he really deserved a good result after such a strong weekend.

Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer: We’ve had a really strong weekend here and until the last couple of laps it had been a fairly straightforward race. Both cars spent most of the race stuck in the train of cars behind the Mercedes and so it was difficult to see the true pace of the car. We therefore need to work on our qualifying pace to try and get ahead of them on the grid so we can realise our full potential. Robert was as solid as ever and hasn’t put a foot wrong all weekend so it was good to score some more points with him. Vitaly was also very impressive today and had very strong race pace. It’s a real shame that he picked up a puncture while he was fighting with Alonso, but he can be very proud of his performance today.

Rémi Taffin, Head of Engine Operations: Vitaly had a fresh engine for this race, while Robert was on his third race and will have a new engine for Canada. We had no concerns during the race and that allowed Robert and Vitaly to push hard all afternoon. Both cars were working well and both drivers did a great job, but it was such a shame for Vitaly to get the puncture so close to the end. He has done an excellent job this weekend and really deserved to score some points.

Schumacher: Mercedes can take positives from Turkey

Michael Schumacher believes that Mercedes can take a lot of positives from the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix, after the German drove a solid race to fourth.

The seven-times champion found himself ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button on the first lap, after an excellent start, but was forced to concede the place when the British driver used the MP4-25’s superior straight line speed to blast past him into turn 12.

As a result, this left Schumacher to drive a lonely race to finish ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished fifth and was equally encouraged by the pace of the WM01. 

Michael Schumacher – 4th: “My race started as I had hoped when I was able to catch Jenson right at the start. Unfortunately I did not have a lot of grip with the tyres as the formation lap was quite slow and the pressures had gone down which combined with the top speed of the McLarens meant that I could not hold Jenson behind me for long. I was even struggling to keep the car on the track during the first lap. From there onwards, I was in my starting position and when Sebastian retired, we were able to pick up a place. That was about it. It was a straightforward race for me without any more possibilities. I understand at the front there was quite a bit happening so for the fans, it was a good show. All in all, I think we had a positive race and we clearly made a step forward towards Red Bull and in front of Ferrari, so we can be quite happy about that.”

Nico Rosberg – 5th: “I am reasonably happy with fifth place today although it was an uneventful race for me. I was slightly faster than Michael for much of the race but it was not possible to overtake and I had to be careful as Robert was pushing hard behind me. For me, the most exciting part of the race were the in and out laps for my pit stop which were pretty fast and together with the great work from the team, that enabled me to stay ahead of the cars just behind me on track. Although our general pace still has to be improved, I’m satisfied that we have taken what we could from this weekend.”

Ross Brawn: “A solid performance today in which we achieved the potential of the car with both drivers. We had a purposefully quiet early part of race as we were unable to challenge the leading group and therefore decided to save our tyres for the second half. Michael, Nico and the team did an extremely good job with the car that we had and once again our pit stops were very impressive. Compliments to them all today. We have made reasonable progress with our latest set of upgrades thanks for the hard work of everyone at the factory but clearly we have a lot of work still to do.”

Norbert Haug: “Fourth and fifth positions for Michael and Nico were the best results we could achieve today as our pace was only ok in the last third of the race. We are aware that we need further improvements and we definitely will get them. Congratulations to McLaren Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton for achieving the 71st victory for Mercedes-Benz since our first win with David Coulthard in a McLaren Mercedes in Melbourne 1997. Four Mercedes-powered cars came home in the top five today which is a remarkable result, especially for our hard-working engine guys, so well done to you all.”

Kobayashi scores Sauber’s first points of 2010

Peter Sauber was pleased with the pace of his C29 car, as Kamui Kobayashi ended the team’s points drought with a tenth placed finish.

The Japanese driver drove a solid race after admitting that his had to overcome a difficult race strategy where his car did not handle well on the soft tyre compound.

Meanwhile, Pedro de la Rosa finished directly behind his team-mate in eleventh and was equally happy with the competitiveness of his car.

Kamui Kobayashi – 10th:“I am very happy that we finished the race with both cars and got the first point. I had a good start, although I was on the dirty side of the track, and the pace of the car in the beginning was good. Our race strategy was not easy. The car was better on the harder tyre compound, therefore we did a very short first stint on the softer ones. I pitted after ten laps and drove the rest of the race with the same set of tyres. In the end I could see from the car the canvas on the front right tyre. Therefore I started to be very careful, especially in turn 8, and that’s also the reason why I didn’t defend any harder against Adrian Sutil.”

Pedro de la Rosa – 11th:“With the high fuel level I had a lot of understeer in the beginning of the race, so I paced myself waiting for my chances to come later in the race. The lighter the car became the better the balance was. The front end came back and I had no problems with the tyres. Certainly I would have been fighting at the end if it hadn’t been my team mate in front of me. Our team needed desperately to bring both cars home and score this point. You have to be careful taking risks and this was not the time to attack and risk losing everything. It is better this point stays with us rather then going somewhere else. We finished this race being competitive and this is very good.”

Peter Sauber, Team Principal: “Looking at the whole weekend it’s clear we were able to confirm the upward trend which we saw in Barcelona. Of course we were lucky in the race, but we finished with both cars and finally scored a well deserved championship point.”

James Key, Technical Director:“I’m very pleased we scored a point at this event. It was also good that we had a two car finish. It was fairly eventful in many ways, because, to begin with, it was a case of making sure we were matching the top ten pace, which Kamui did superbly well. He stayed very close behind Fernando Alonso. On the strategy side of things, we decided to bring the cars in early, and particularly Kamui given his tyres were several laps old after doing Q3 with a used set of tyres. That seemed to be the right call. Unfortunately he was held up slightly at his pit stop, which cost him two seconds. Without that he could have been further ahead. Towards the end Kamui’s tyres went off quite badly at the front, and he lost quite a lot of lap time, which allowed Pedro and some other cars to catch him up. But the fact is both came home in tenth and 11th. I think this is deserved by everyone and we should be very pleased with this result.”

Williams: We must improve

Williams F1’s woes continued in the Turkish Grand Prix, as both Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg experienced a frustrating Turkish Grand Prix.

Barrichello encountered clutch problems at the start of the race and found himself drop down the order, while his team-mate’s race was complicated after an incident on the first lap with Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi.

Despite this, Barrichello managed to finish in fourteenth place and was encouraged by some of the pace shown by the FW32. Consequently, the Brazilian has now called on Williams to try and overcome its issues.

Rubens Barrichello – 14th: I had a problem with the clutch at the start which is a shame because it’s been fine all weekend so we will have to investigate that. We pitted earlier than we had originally planned because our pace was better than the cars in front. Our stop was quite slow because we had a problem with the front wheel. Later on, I then had an issue with the throttle. Our overall race pace wasn’t too bad but we need to resolve these issues that we are having.

Nico Hulkenberg – 18th: It hasn’t been a good weekend for us and our race pace wasn’t good enough today. I also had an incident on the first lap which meant I had to pit early. We have to keep working hard to find more performance.

Sam Michael, Technical Director: We finished roughly where we qualified today. Rubens had a problem with anti-stall off the start, it wasn’t a driver issue. Shortly after his pitstop, he then had a throttle control problem which dropped him back down the order again. The problem reduced so he was able to continue the race, but we’ll be stripping the car down to identify what caused it. Nico came together with another car on the opening lap which damaged his front wheel. That forced him into a premature pitstop, so the rest of his race was consumed with tyre management. For the forthcoming events, our objective will be achieving better qualifying and race performance.

Alguersuari satisfied with Turkish performance

Jaime Alguersuari was encouraged by his drive in the Turkish Grand, as the young Spanish driver finished ahead of his team-mate in twelfth. Despite making two pitstops for tyres, the 20-year-old wasstill able to battle with both Sauber drivers and is hoping that he can build on his performance to challenge for points in Canada.

However, the race did not go to plan for Sebastien Buemi who suffered a puncture after contact with Nico Hulkenberg’s Williams at the start.

Jaime Alguersuari – 12th:“I believe we can be satisfied with our result, as I don’t think I could have done better from where I started. The decision to make two stops for tyres was the correct one, so that I could attack De La Rosa and Kobayashi at the end. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite do it in the number of laps remaining, but this has been an encouraging weekend and I really hope we can again push in Canada, getting back to scoring points again.”

Sebastien Buemi – 16th:“The start was good, but then De La Rosa made a poor exit to Turn 2 so going into Turn 3 I tried to go round him on the outside. But I went a bit wide and when I came back onto the track, Hulkenberg got past me and as I tried to retake him at Turn 7 on the outside, I think he might have lost the front end of the car and he clipped my right rear, which punctured the tyre and I had to pit immediately. After that, my race pace was not too bad, considering there was quite a bit of damage to the rear of the car, which meant I had a lot less downforce. I had a good fight, but I am a bit disappointed, so now I am just looking forward to the next race.”

Franz Tost:“As we have seen in past races, our performance on Sunday is much better than in qualifying and today yet again, both our drivers had good race pace. So we now need to concentrate on transferring that good level to qualifying, as your race is won or lost dependent on your grid position. It’s difficult to score points when you start from far back. The team did a good job in terms of our tactics: unlike the majority, we started on the Prime tyre, as we expected the Option to struggle in the early laps. In the second stint, the Option did indeed bring a better pace. In the later stages, we saw that although Alguersuari was close to De La Rosa, he could not pass him and, as Liuzzi was around 19 seconds behind, we called him for another tyre change and if the race had been one or two laps longer, Jaime could have got the Saubers and scored a point. Unfortunately, Buemihad a collision with Hulkenberg on the opening lap. The Williams front wing clipped Seb’sright rear wheel and after pitting for new tyres, he went out again with a damaged floor and parts missing from the right rear brake duct. Nevertheless, he did quite good lap times for the rest of the race.”

Lotus suffers double retirement

Mike Gascoyne was clearly disappointed as both Lotus cars failed to make the finish of the Turkish Grand Prix, after suffering from a hydraulic issue.

Although Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen had qualified well and started brightly, their challenge fell away half way into the race when both cars were forced to retire.

Despite this Gascoyne, the Chief Technical Officer, has urged the team to continue to work hard and to iron out any technical issues which remain.

Jarno Trulli, DNF: It was difficult at the beginning with the hard tyres, and the team were telling me Heikki was quicker on the options, and as he was on a different strategy he got past. Afterwards, I was pulling away from our competitors comfortably, but the failure put an end to the good race I was having.

Heikki Kovalainen, DNF: What a shame. I lost power steering in Turn 8 and it looks like it was a hydraulics failure. At first I thought I had a puncture as the steering suddenly felt really strange, but then I lost the gearbox, the clutch, and throttle. It’s so unfortunate as this was our strongest race so far.

I was on the softer tyre and although I wasn’t sure how they would run at the beginning of the race, they did in fact hang on really well. I can’t help but feel disappointed, but as I’ve said before these things happen, and we will work through this, and come out stronger as a result.

We’re only a few tenths off the other teams per kilometre and we know the areas to work on to improve this car. I’m confident we can make a very big step for next year and for now, we’ll move on and put this behind us.

Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer: Obviously very disappointing to have two cars go out on the same lap when we were having such a strong race, our strongest performance all year. We started the cars with Jarno on the harder tyre, and Heikki on the soft – Heikki was slightly quicker on the option to start with, but towards the end of the stint Jarno was catching him.

We were hanging on for the pitstops, monitoring the rain situation, but then had sudden hydraulic failures on both cars. Heikki’s was a leak from the power steering, and with Jarno we don’t know as yet what the specific issue was. Despite that we have to keep our chins up after what was a really strong weekend from the whole team, fix these problems and move on.

Tony Fernandes, team principal: This looked like it was going to be a great weekend for us so it’s obviously very disappointing to have it all brought to an end in such a fashion, after what was probably our best race so far. Jarno and Heikki should be very proud of the times they put in, and the whole team should be pleased with how far we’ve come.

This is a low but to be champions we have to deal with the lows, learn from them and move on. It all reminds me of the early days of AirAsia, but we have just been awarded the title of world’s best low cost airline for the second year running, so I know we can repeat that with this team, and one day be victorious. Onwards and upwards, and now we’ll focus on Montreal.

Hamilton wins Turkish thriller

Hamilton and Button capitalise on Red Bull woes to take McLaren’s second one-two in 2010; Webber and Vettel collide as the Milton Keynes-based team slip up once again this season; Alonso recovers for points as Schumacher has a steady Grand Prix

McLaren swept the board in Turkey as Lewis Hamilton led home Jenson Button for an unexpected one-two.

Although the Woking team had managed to take the fight to Red Bull, they were ultimately helped by Webber and Vettel colliding with each other on circuit.

Whereas the former managed to continue out on circuit to secure the final podium position, the latter was eliminated on the spot – blowing any chance of Red Bull extending its lead in both championships.

Michael Schumacher fended off his team-mate Nico Rosberg for fourth, with Renault’s Robert Kubica in sixth and the two Ferrari drivers seventh and eighth.

Webber gets away well

At the start Webber converted pole into first place at the first corner, with Sebastian Vettel managing to beat Lewis Hamilton off the line in to second.

However, the McLaren driver would soon take the place back with an opportunistic move around the outside of the young German in the first sector.

Hamilton’s team-mate, Jenson Button, also lost a position at the start, to Michael Schumacher. Despite this, Button made use of McLaren’s superior straight line speed to rocket past the Mercedes driver on the run up to turn 12.

Webber, Vettel, Hamilton and Button all traded fastest laps in the opening stages, as the two McLarens and two Red Bulls pulled away from the rest of the pack.

By lap 13 Hamilton had been closer than he had ever been to Webber’s Red Bull. However, the year-old could not find a way past, as the MP4-25’s superior straight line speed was offset by a lack of downforce through Istanbul’s long corners.

Hamilton loses out in pitstop sequence

Vettel would be the first of the front runners to stop at the end of lap 14, switching from the soft to the harder Bridgestone tyre compound.

A lap later and both of the leading cars pitted at the same time, with Webber managing to get out ahead, thanks to his Red Bull mechanics. Hamilton also suffered the misfortunte of losing out to Vettel, as his mechanics had a small problem with the left rear tyre.

With this, on lap 17 it was a Red Bull One-two with Webber leading his younger team-mate and Hamilton shadowing both.

Last year’s winner Button also made his pitstop on lap 17, but did not have enough of a time advantage to move up the order.

Hamilton, looked racy behind Vettel and on lap 18 he made an audacious move on the German driver down at turn 12. However, the McLaren driver ran wide and had to concede the place back.

Threat of rain takes a back seat as Red Bull drivers collide

The most surprising moment race came around lap 20 when a bulging dark cloud moved overhead the circuit. Prior to this, there had been no inclination that the race would be interupted by rain, but the team’s weather systems soon lit up, with a light shower expected. Consequently, any sign of rain would not appear until around twenty laps later, when he various onboard cameras began to pick up spots of moisture.

However, before the weather could play its part drama struck when on lap 41 Vettel, who had been closing down on his team-mate for a number of laps, tried to slip steam his team-mate into turn 12. However, as the German emerged in front he moved to squeeze Webber to the outside, only for his rear tyre to touch Webber’s and send both RB6’s flying off the circuit. Whereas, Webber was able to continue, Vettel was eliminated on the spot – handing McLaren a one-two.

Ultimately, both drivers blamed each other for the incident with Vettel laying the blame squarely at his team-mate.

“Obviously, I think if you look at the pictures it was clear I had the inside,” Vettel is quoted as saying by Autosport. “I went on the inside, I was ahead and just going down to focus on the braking point and honestly, you can see we touched and he touched my right rear wheel and I went off.”

Webber on the other hand seen things differently, stating that: “Seb had good a top speed advantage and he went down the inside. We were side by side and then looks kike he turned pretty quickly to the right and we made contact,”

“It definitely happened fast. It’s a shame for the team, but not an ideal day. The McLarens were solid today. It was good race between all four of us up until then.

“Neither want to make contact but it can happen sometimes when both are in front. It is never ideal but it happened.”

“There was a long way to go in the race so it was not a guaranteed victory. I still got a few points, but it was an interesting few metres on track between both of us. It wasn’t the result neither of us wanted.”

Two laps later and Webber’s challenge was well and truely over, when he was forced to pit for a new front wing.

Then came another dramatic moment on lap 48 when Jenson Button attempted to overtake his team-mate for the lead. The previous two world champions emerged on to the start/finish straight side-by-side, but Hamilton held his own and maintained his lead down into turn one.

From then on both McLaren drivers held station, as they tried to nurse their cars home – with a growing concern that they would not have enough fuel to make the end of the race.

Despite this, McLaren’s problems did not come to fruition, as Lewis Hamilton marched to his first victory in ten races, with Jenson Button following home for the team’s second one-two of the season.

Afterwards Hamilton reflected on his achievement and highlighted how important is that McLaren now build on its current momentum.

“Red Bull made it tough for us and we put up a good fight,” he said. “You can see how close it is between the four of us. It’s down to momentum, and we will do the best we can to win both championships.

“We have been ragging their tails for some time. It’s such an achievement for us, to really be able to take the battle to them. They had one strength that was particularly good here, we had a strength here, and we didn’t know how it would pan here.

“Me and Jenson were able to compete with them and push our hardest to be on their tails. To get our second 1-2 is fantastic.”

Button also was happy that McLaren had been able to take the fight to Red Bull during the race.

“The pace of our car was very good and it was great to be battling with the Red Bulls,” said Button, whose second place has reignited his title bid.

“So many times we have seen them disappear into the distance.

“We were both told to save fuel but it’s always difficult to know how much and when Lewis got back past me I was told to keep saving and I think it got a bit critical towards the end.

“It was fun to battle at the end with Lewis. We got a 1-2 so the team should be happy with the result this weekend. A few weeks ago you could say we might not be able to challenge the Red Bulls, so we have to say thanks to the team.”

Other notable mentions

Michael Schumacher once again got the upper hand on his team-mate Nico Rosberg to take a credible fourth place finish in his comeback season.

Fernando Alonso failed to make proper headway throughout the order, but was able to leave Turkey with eighth place and three valuable points. However, the Spaniard’s race did not go smoothly when on lap 54 he banged wheels with Renault’s Vitaly Petrov for position. Consequently this resulted in the Russian driver sustaining damage and dropping down the order ruining a good day’s drive from the 25-year-old.

Ahead of Alonso and Petrov Rosberg led Robert Kubica (Renault) and former three-time winner Felipe Massa (Ferrari).

As for the new teams, Lotus failed to tranfer its qualifying pace into a strong race showing, as both Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen were forced to retire. Both Hispania cars also failed to make the finish – leaving Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi (who before the start suffered an oil leak) to take the chequered flag for Virgin Racing.

2010 FIA Formula One World Championship

Round 7 of 19: Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul Park

(58 Laps)

Pos  Driver        Team              Time
1.   Hamilton      McLaren           1h28:47.620
2.   Button        McLaren           +     2.645
3.   Webber        Red Bull          +    24.285 
4.   Schumacher    Mercedes          +    31.110
5.   Rosberg       Mercedes          +    32.266
6.   Kubica        Renault           +    32.824
7.   Massa         Ferrari           +    36.635
8.   Alonso        Ferrari           +    46.544 
9.   Sutil         Force India       +    49.029
10.  Kobayashi     Sauber            +  1:05.650
11.  De la Rosa    Sauber            +  1:05.944
12.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso        +  1:07.800
13.  Liuzzi        Force India       +     1 lap
14.  Barrichello   Williams          +     1 lap
15.  Petrov        Renault           +     1 lap
16.  Buemi         Toro Rosso        +     1 lap
17.  Hulkenberg    Williams          +     1 lap
18.  Glock         Virgin            +    2 laps
19.  Di Grassi     Virgin            +    3 laps
Ret. Chandhok      HRT-Cosworth        On Lap 53
Ret. Senna         HRT-Cosworth        On Lap 47
Ret. Vettel        Red Bull-Renault    On Lap 40
Ret. Kovalainen    Lotus-Cosworth      On Lap 34
Ret. Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth      On Lap 33

Fastest lap: Petrov, 1:29.165

World Championship standings after 7 rounds:                

1.   Webber        93        
2.   Button        88        
3.   Hamilton      84        
4.   Alonso        79        
5.   Vettel        78        
6.   Massa         67        
7.   Kubica        67        
8.   Rosberg       66        
9.   Schumacher    34        
10.  Sutil         22       
11.  Liuzzi        10       
12.  Barrichello    7       
13.  Petrov         6       
14.  Alguersuari    3       
15.  Hulkenberg     1       
16.  Buemi          1       
17.  Kobayashi      1   
1.  McLaren-Mercedes          172
2.  Red Bull-Renault          171
3.  Ferrari                   146
4.  Mercedes                  100
5.  Renault                    73
6.  Force India-Mercedes       32
7.  Williams-Cosworth           8
8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari          4
9.  Sauber-Ferrari              1

Webber looking forward to Turkish Grand Prix

Mark Webber hailed his team’s efforts, after the Australian managed to overcome a number of technical issues to snatch pole for tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix.

The Australian encountered a worrying opening to Saturday Practice, after a clutch problem forced him to tour into the garage early on. However, the 33-year-old quickly regrouped and with thanks to a raft of new parts fitted to the RB6, with only moments to spare before the start of qualifying, Webber claimed his third-successive pole.

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s race from third on the grid, after a brake issue on his final qualifying run halted his charge. Despite this, the young German is confident of a strong showing in tomorrow’s race.

Mark Webber – 1st: “Today went well. We had a problem during practice this morning so I went out late for the first prime run. It meant I was therefore a little on the back foot going into qualifying, which wasn’t ideal preparation, but we refocused and got ready. Some new parts were bolted on to the rear of my car about four minutes before I went out for Q1, which was a great effort by the guys to get them on in time. It’s a great position to start tomorrow’s race, but each event is unique and has it own challenges. We know the tyres get a hard time round here, so it should be an interesting race – I’m looking forward to it.”

Sebastian Vettel – 3rd: “Q1 and Q2 were very smooth; I was happy with the car and there were no problems. In Q3, the first lap was brilliant up to Turn 12, then under braking I slightly locked the front which was no issue, but it was very weird as the inside front just kept locking and never came back. Going into Turn 13 I was turning to the right and the wheels started turning again and then the same thing going into Turn 14. I locked the inside wheel very easily, the car didn’t seem to stop, so I lost time. On the second run I got confirmation in the first turn there was a problem, as I hit the brakes and went straight – I lost the ability to stop the car and the inside wheel didn’t do what it was supposed to. In Q1 and Q2 we were on top of the game, but in Q3 we were not, so it’s quite frustrating. All weekend I have felt very good, particularly today. Third is still a good position; I’m on the clean side of the grid tomorrow and it’s a long race. It’s difficult to make up places now with the new regulations, but we’ll see what we can do.”

Christian Horner:“Another great performance by Mark today for his third consecutive pole and the team’s seventh of the year, which is a great achievement. It was difficult for Sebastian who, having been the quickest car during Q1 and Q2, experienced a car problem in the last part of qualifying. We need to understand what it was, as it cost him quite a bit of time. However to salvage third place is still excellent. I also have to say congratulations to Cengiz, one of our drivers, who delivered some last minute parts to Mark Webber’s car just in time for the start of the session. So, three very fast drivers today.”

(Renault) Fabrice Lom: “Another impressive performance from Mark, who claimed his third pole in a row with the same engine so we are really happy with our three pole engine! Our focus tomorrow is now to make it a three-win engine. It was a shame for Sebastian who I think had the opportunity to claim pole position also today. Engine-wise, everything went smoothly, much better than yesterday when we had an engine failure on Mark’s car. It wasn’t a worrying one, but it’s never good to have a failure during a race weekend, so we apologise to Mark for that. Let’s hope we have a smooth day again tomorrow.”