Sebastian Vettel cruised from pole to victory in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, taking his third victory out of four races this season.
Despite an accident on Friday, which damaged his car enough to sideline him from second practice, Vettel eased to pole position on Saturday and lined up yesterday with his only chief rival looking to be team-mate Mark Webber, who pipped Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg for second place on the grid.
“A very good race today, very smooth, and pretty much in control from start to finish,” Vettel said. He gained an immediate strong lead after Webber had lost position to Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes at the start.
A catalogue of errors left Hamilton and Jenson Button in fourth and sixth respectively, exactly where they had begun the day, after both faced problematic and lengthy pit stops.
Hamilton shouldered his fair share of the blame after an over-exuberant first-lapcharge at Mark Webber, who had been passed by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg at the start, forced the McLaren driver to hit the brakes.
This year’s race drew more interest compare to previous years. A total of 115 thousand people followed the races at Istanbul Park. 42 thousand Formula 1 fans followed the races on Sunday. Last year, 110 thousand fans were at the Istanbul Park.