Christian Horner sums up Red Bull Racing's Turkish Grand Prix: "It was a shame, but we need to bounce back. We take home another podium, but our drivers collided when they were leading the race."
Mark Webber finished third in Istanbul, after securing pole and leading every lap up until number 41. That's when Sebastian Vettel came through on his left-hand side out of Turn 11 and the two collided, spinning the German off-track and out of the race and moving Webber to third.
It meant the two McLarens went ahead of Webber to finish with Lewis Hamilton first and Jenson Button behind him.
The first 40 laps had been uneventful – apart from an excellent start from Mark to keep his P1 and an excellent run from Seb, battling with Lewis to gain second place before the McLaren driver re-passed him. Vettel came in to change tires a lap earlier than Webber and Hamilton, who both came in on lap 15. Superior pit stop work from the crew in the garage meant Webber and Vettel emerged first and second.
From there the McLarens provided stiff competition; their straight-line speed meant they were able to keep up with the RB6, until 18 laps from the end. After the Red Bull drivers collided, Mark had such a lead on fourth-placed Michael Schumacher that he was able to get his nose cone replaced and still remain on course for the podium.
Christian Horner was clearly – and understandably - disappointed with the outcome: “To give McLaren 28 points on a plate is very frustrating for everyone on the team – especially after so much hard work. We’ve lost a lot of points today with what’s happened. We need to learn from it, so we don’t find ourselves in this position again.”
Behind Webber, Mercedes' Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg took fourth and fifth place with Kubica sixth in the Renault, with Massa seventh for Ferrari, followed by teammate Alonso, who managed to get ahead of Petrov in the final stages. The last two points places were filled by Sutil in the Force India and the Sauber of Kobayashi.