Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was delighted after winning the F1 2011 Turkish Grand Prix today at Istanbul Park and said the victory was payback after his shunt in Friday practice.
Vettel led the race pretty much throughout, bar for when he first stopped for tyres, and in the end he finished 8.8 seconds up on his team-mate, Mark Webber, in the sister Adrian Newey-penned RB7.
It was his third win of the season and the result increases his lead as he looks to retain the drivers' crown and he will now go to Barcelona in two weeks time with a 34 point cushion.
“It was a great result today – especially after I gave the team so much work on Friday,” said the reigning world champion. “I hope giving a victory back goes some way to help them forget it.
“Saturday morning was crucial. When I walked into the garage everyone gave me the impression that nothing is wrong and there was nothing to worry about. The whole team was working so hard to get the car back together and times like these are important.
“The team are close to me and if they are not happy or unmotivated it reflects on me and the other way round, so after being a bit down on Friday, it picked me back up.
“In the race today we had a very good first stint and got a gap and you can always benefit from that cushion. At the end I did two short stints, which was the right thing to do – it was seamless today.”
Despite a dominant run though, Vettel isn't taking anything for granted and warned that it won't always be so easy.
“We don't know what happens next, so we have to take it race by race,” he continued. “There will be days when we are beaten for definite, but we need to minimise the loss – but for today, it was a really great result for everyone at the team.”