Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel missed out on scoring good points in Turkey today when he clashed with 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 12, but having got alongside the Aussie, Vettel cut in too soon and his right-rear wheel touched the inside left of its twin.
“If you watch it on the TV, you can see what happened. I’m not in the happiest of moods,” Vettel explained. “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.”
“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.
Team boss Christian Horner 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.
“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.”