Red Bull threw away a potential one-two finish in the Turkish Grand Prix after their drivers collided while leading.
Sebastian Vettel had pulled alongside team mate Mark Webber on the straight approaching turn 12 when the two made contact.
The collision put Vettel out on the spot. Mark Webber continued but had to pit to replace a damaged front wing and eventually finished third.
The pair were under pressure from Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren when they hit each other, and the accident let Hamilton by into the lead.
Vettel went down the inside of Webber as they blasted from turn 11 to turn 12. As Vettel drew past he moved towards Webber and the pair made contact. Vettel spun off with a burst tyre.
Afterwards Vettel said:
I was able to go quicker the two or three laps before. I had the corner on the left and was just trying to focus on braking point and all of a sudden I lost the car. You can see on the television we made contact.
I’m not kind of guy that pushes all the fault to one guy we are a team.
Webber explained what happened in the press conference:
Seb had big top speed advantage, he went down the inside and we were side by side for a while.
The he turned pretty quick right and we made contact. It happened very, very fast. It’s a shame for the team, it’s obviously not an ideal day.
There was long way to go in race, it wasn’t a guaranteed victory. But but it was an interesting few metres and in the end it wasn’t the result either of us want.
Team boss Christian Horner said he was “disappointed” by the collision, adding “we handed 43 points to McLaren on a plate.”
Afterwards Lewis Hamilton said Vettel’s move on Webber was the same as one Vettel made on him when he tried to pass Vettel at the same place earlier in the race.
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2010 Turkish Grand Prix