What's It All About, Sebastian; A Turkish Delight as Vettel Takes Out Teammate

Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIMay 30, 2010

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 30:  Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads from Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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This article was originally going to comment upon my insatiable optimism for the remainder of the season.

The title fight looked in full swing as the fantastic four, composed of the two Red Bulls and the two McLaren’s delightfully and commandingly squabbled throughout.

Even Jenson Button who has appeared distant in dry race conditions put on a show.
Sadly Sebastien Vettel went some way into ruining that.

The Grand Prix of Turkey in Istanbul was however a definite spectacular, spectacle. A flowing track that allowed us to forget the bumps in the road gave us everything that can make a race day special.

We had overtaking, we had intense competition, and we had eventful drama. For the first time in quite a few years I found myself transfixed for the whole duration. I even abhorred the possibility of rain, which we were told was going to add a new dynamic to the already fruitful race.

In most Grand Prix the action after the initial outburst of excitement becomes more background noise and less unmissable sensation. Indeed the track played a part.

Then we have the drivers. This season we have been afforded a greater consistency in the talent pool. Some of the dead wood has been removed. The likes of Kazuki Nakajima and Nelson Piquet Jr. are not currently filling our screens with mediocrity.

Consequentially we become more aware of the problems and individual mistakes made by proved talents. Alonso’s failure in qualifying provided an initial focal point, and now Vettel and Webber’s collision will gift us a ever increasing and bulging word count.

Red Bull will have to lick their wounds and attempt to bounce back in Canada. Both drivers seemed to stick to niceties in the aftermath of the accident, but surely a great amount of soul searching will inspire them back into brilliance as the season progresses.

Hamilton lucked into a win that actually seemed owed to him. He was the best driver on the day, and if it had not been for the pit stop error early on, then his win may have been more forthcoming.

Still, at least he was given a platform to portray a deserved winning driver persona as his teammate Button challenged him with an ambitious overtake into the final corners late on.

McLaren may have something to say about this, as the battle seemed more born out of the order for both drivers to conserve fuel, as opposed to Button gaining an edge.

So now we have a beautiful championship in motion. We have four drivers who can and will display a level of determination to succeed.

If there are more collisions to come, then so be it. At least we would be afforded the opportunity to witness the teams allowing their drivers to fight for pride and to battle for triumph on track.

There is a slight worry that given today's events both teams may now rein this lenience in. Let’s just hope it stays the way that the sport has always been intended—as a sport of both team and individual competition.