Hamilton benefits from Red Bull mishap

Lewis Hamilton grabbed his first victory of the season in stunning fashion as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber broke the cardinal rule of Formula One.

After 39 laps Webber was poised for his third consecutive triumph, spearheading another one-two with Vettel at the Turkish Grand Prix, with Hamilton and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button third and fourth.

But on lap 40 Vettel made a move on his Australian team-mate that resulted in the young German crashing out of the race.

There was despair on the faces of team boss Christian Horner and technical director Adrian Newey on the pit wall as team-mates are told never to race one another.

It allowed Hamilton and Button to slip by into first and second, and despite their own hair-raising moment at the end of lap 49 and start of lap 50, the 2008 world champion took the chequered flag to end a run of nine races without a win.

It appeared to be a remarkable moment of madness from Vettel who emerged from his damaged Red Bull parked up at Turn 12 twirling the index finger of his right hand by his temple as if to indicate 'crazy, crazy'.

Up until that point the Red Bulls had been in control, managing to keep the McLarens at bay, despite the fact they appeared to be the fastest car on show.

It followed poor starts from Hamilton and Button as the two Britons both lost a place from their starting positions of second and fourth.

Hamilton allowed third-on-the-grid Vettel to pass him on the short run down to Turn One, while Button lost his fourth spot to the man directly behind off the line in Michael Schumacher.

But in an England versus Germany battle, Hamilton was the first to make his redeeming move, regaining second spot from Vettel at Turn Three, the duo bumping wheels at one point such was their battle.

As for Button, perhaps recalling spending over half of the Spanish Grand Prix stuck behind Schumacher with no way past and much to his frustration after the race, displayed his mettle soon after.

Showing no intention of allowing a repeat of the Spain situation, the 30-year-old superbly out-manoeuvred the seven-time world champion into Turn 12 on lap two to regain fourth spot.

What followed for the next 37 laps was an exercise in futility and frustration for 2008 world champion Hamilton as it was clear his car had the pace over the Red Bulls, but there was no way past.

Then came Vettel's desperate lunge on Webber for the lead.

Sensing an opportunity to make a move on Webber down the straight into Turn 12, Vettel pulled alongside to the Australian's left.

With Webber refusing to flinch, Vettel edged his way across towards the centre of the track, perhaps hoping Webber would yield.

But Webber did not, and instead the right rear of Vettel's Red Bull collided with the front left of Webber's car, the German coming off worse as he was sent into a spin and retirement.

As for Webber, he lost the left-end plate of his front wing which forced him into making a second pit stop for a replacement.

After viewing the incident Newey threw his head into his hands, whilst Horner shook his head in sheer despair.

It allowed Hamilton and Button to pass with ease into first and second, with Webber holding onto third despite the additional and unexpected pit stop.

But there was more drama to come as in the same place Button made his way past Hamilton on lap 49 and into Turn 12.

As they diced with one another, the duo touched wheels, but with the reigning world champion taking Turns 13 and 14 with the lead.

However, slipstreaming Button along the pit straight, Hamilton managed to regain the lead on entry into Turn One, forcing the 30-year-old to run wide.

Under orders then to conserve fuel, Hamilton eventually crossed the line 2.6secs ahead of Button, who are now nine and five points behind Webber in the drivers' standings as he has increased his lead despite the drama.

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were fourth and fifth for Mercedes, followed by Renault's Robert Kubica, the Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, Renault's Vitaly Petrov, Adrian Sutil for Force India, with Kamui Kobayashi taking 10th for Sauber's first point of the season.

A happy Hamilton said: "It was quite an exciting race actually.

"We knew we had great race pace, but they (Red Bull) had such pace through Turn Eight that we couldn't slipstream, other than that I was on his tail.

"Then I had a problem with the right rear at my pit stop and I lost a place to Vettel.

"I don't know what happened to these guys (Red Bull), but we got through and then I had a great battle with Jenson.

"I'd like to dedicate this win to my dad (Anthony) as it's his 50th birthday. It's a great way for him to celebrate."

Button added: "It was good fun, but then after Lewis got past I was into fuel save mode as well.

"The race was a lot quicker than we thought it would be, but three weeks ago who would have though we would battle with the Red Bulls like we have."

As for Webber, he bit his tongue in describing what happened with Vettel as he said: "Seb had top-speed advantage.

"He then went down the inside, we were side by side, it looked like he turned quick right and we made contact.

"It's a shame for the team and not an ideal day. It can happen sometimes and when you are at the front it's difficult.

"There was a long way to go into the race, so it wasn't a guaranteed victory, but it was an interesting few metres on the track between us."

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