There was never any doubt who would be the ‘one’ in Red Bull’s one-two finish in Turkey.
|Sebastian Vettel||Mark Webber|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’25.049 (-0.405)||1’25.454|
Red Bull drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Vettel gave his rivals a head start by missing almost all of Friday practice. But despite that Vettel was back to his imperious, dominant best following his China defeat.
After smashing up his RB7 at the exit of turn eight in the rain on Friday, Vettel, returned to business as usual on Saturday.
He was quickest in final practice, and set a mark four-tenths of a second faster than his team mate could match in qualifying. He didn’t even bother leaving the pits to defend his pole position time at the end of Q3.
There was no repeat of his first-lap mistake of 2009, and Webber never got anywhere near close enough to put him under pressure.
He said afterwards his fourth pit stop was a luxury taken only so that he wouldn’t be vulnerable if the safety car came out.
Joined Vettel on the front row of the grid for the first time this year but keeping Nico Rosberg behind from the dirty side of the grid was always going to be a challenge.
He relegated Rosberg back to second on lap six but by this time Vettel was already five seconds up the road.
Webber couldn’t match Vettel’s race pace and slipped behind Fernando Alonso in the middle of the race.
In the final stint Webber had the opportunity to take the position back and did so in a move which began at turn 12 and ended at turn three on the following lap.
2011 Turkish Grand Prix