May 30 (GMM) Sunday afternoon in Turkey hosted a dramatic seventh round of the 2010 world championship.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, challenged hard by the McLarens, collided whilst running first and second at Istanbul Park, triggering dramatic scenes both trackside and back in the paddock.
After emerging from his stricken RB6, German Vettel twiddled his finger around his ears in disgust, but whilst enraged initially refused to speak to reporters.
“Don’t you throw me around!” a journalist barked at a Red Bull minder as Vettel pushed his way into the Red Bull transporter.
Eventual winner Lewis Hamilton quietly asked Webber about the incident after the race, and the Australian gestured that Vettel had turned sharply to the right whilst alongside him.
Webber, 33, was then fiercely reserved whilst addressing reporters in the FIA press conference, but admitted that he thought Vettel had “turned pretty quickly to the right” before the crash.
In a frantic paddock press scrum, an angry-looking Vettel explained: “It was clear I had the inside and was ahead. I dived down the left, I had the corner so I was trying to focus on the braking and I lost the car.”
Team boss Christian Horner said he was angry at both drivers.
“What we always ask is that the drivers give each other room,” he said. “Today, neither yielded.”
BBC commentator Martin Brundle concluded that the young German was “unquestionably” at fault, and McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh admitted he is not sure he would have “cuddled” Vettel when the 22-year-old eventually walked to the pitwall.
But although celebrating a one-two at Red Bull’s expense, there was also controversy on the McLaren pitwall, after Jenson Button and Hamilton tussled for the lead after being told to save fuel and tyres.
Having been captured by live TV images in anxious response to their wheel-to-wheel battle, Whitmarsh admitted the moments had made him “uncomfortable”.
But the outcome of the race, while leaving championship leader Webber five points clear, sees both McLarens close behind, with Vettel dropping 15 points behind.