Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel missed out on scoring good points in Turkey today when he clashed with his team-mate Mark Webber.
The incident occurred just 18 laps from the chequered flag, when Vettel tried to pass his rival and take the lead. He went for it on the run into turn twelve, but having got alongside the Australian, Vettel cut in too soon and his right-rear wheel touched the inside left of its twin.
Vettel went out on the spot, and while Webber continued, by then the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were through, and the Milton Keynes-based outfit could do no better than third.
“If you watch it on the TV, you can see what happened. I'm not in the happiest of moods. I was on the inside going into the corner. I was there, I was ahead and focusing on the braking point and then we touched. Mark's car hit my rear right wheel and I went off – there's not much more to say,” Vettel explained.
“We were all on the same pace during the race, I think I was a bit quicker than Mark for two or three laps, I was catching him and thought I could get him on the back straight. I was very close and passed him on the left, that's the story.
“This is something that happens, no one needs it, but there's not much you can do now.”
Team boss Christian Horner meanwhile was gutted to see his two drivers' collide and throw away an almost certain 1-2 maximum. Speaking after the race he said both of his pilots were at fault for not giving each other enough room.
“It's disappointing for the team to have got into that position today. The one thing I always ask the drivers is that, yes, they can race each other, but give each other room, and that's exactly what didn't happen. They were too far over on the left, Sebastian got a run on the inside of Mark, but then came across too early. They didn't give each other room; it's as simple as that,” Horner added.
“It was a massively close race between us and the McLarens up until that point. We managed to get ourselves ahead with a better pit-stop and a better strategy for Sebastian and were first and second. Sebastian was a bit happier on the prime tyre than Mark and was looking quicker at that point in the race.
“He got a run on Mark up the inside and we saw what happened. It's massively disappointing and the situation shouldn't have occurred.
“To give McLaren 28 points on a plate is very frustrating for everyone in 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.”