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Observations: Turkish Grand Prix

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 30:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing gives interview to the media in the paddock after colliding with his team mate Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
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Victor GenovaContributor IMay 26, 2016

I was very surprised with the Turkish GP. The close battle between Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, and Sebastian Vettel held my attention, and the late race charge Button made on Hamilton had me holding my breath—especially after the Webber/ Vettel incident. 

Speaking of Red Bull, it looks like the rivalry between Webber and Vettel is heating up! The other day I asked on my Twitter page if anyone thought that Webber and Vettel would turn into another Alonso/Hamilton or Ayrton Senna/Alain Prost rivalry. I didn't get a single response. But that really doesn't matter. It appears Vettel answered the question during the race!

It might be too early to judge, but the cracks appear to be showing on Vettel. Webber left him room—not as much as a Hispania or Lotus would have, but just enough to not force him off the track. Vettel wanted the whole track, and it almost cost the entire team the race. 

Vettel's emotions were evident by the hand gestures he was throwing around well before he had even taken his helmet off. Webber isn't one to relent. And with all the video showing that it was Vettel who cut across him, it's a wonder what words he will have for his teammate.

The only saving grace for Vettel is that Webber salvaged a podium, and is now the sole points leader. Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer for Lotus, put it best on his Twitter account after the race: "Well done McLaren, would like to be in the Red Bull debrief".

Amen Mike.

Honorable mention goes to whoever was producing the Turkish GP for television. Why, oh why, were they all over Hamilton's are-they-dating-or-not-who-really-cares girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger? She's a talented singer, but not a very good actress.

In Canada, we get the BBC telecast (commentators and all), and they summed it up the best by suggesting she could be exaggerating her emotions for the camera (she could be seen holding her head and gasping during the Button-Hamilton battle). I should note that the BBC did not produce that bit of on-track/pit lane footage.

When Hamilton crossed the line, the producer quickly cut over to an (overly?) ecstatic Sherzinger. Jonathan Legard, BBC Formula 1 analyst, sarcastically noted that it was a "win for American TV."

If Bernie wants Formula 1 to succeed in America, then he should ensure this new track in Texas comes to fruition. The people getting up at the early hours of the morning (to watch races) in North America are already fans, and don't need to be insulted with pop culture gimmicks.

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