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Winner: Lewis Hamilton
The Turkish Grand Prix sums up the 2010 season in a nutshell. It showcased the Red Bull and McClaren rivalry and Ferrari's early season struggles. It was simply the best race, the best story, and a true showcase of how good Formula 1 is at its best.
Mark Webber put his Red Bull on pole for the third race in succession, with Lewis Hamilton in second position. The other Red Bull of Vettel was third with Hamilton's teammate Button in fourth. Fernando Alonso qualified all the way down in 12th.
Vettel passed Hamilton off the line and Michael Schumacher managed to pass Button. But the McClaren's regained their places by the end of the lap. The Webber, Hamilton, Vettel and Button group pulled away from fifth place Schumacher comfortably.
After the first and only pitstops by the leaders, Vettel had managed to jump Hamilton to take second. The leading quartet remained remarkably close, and it was inevitable that there would be an incident.
On lap 40 Vettel attempted to pass Webber for the lead but he collided with his teammate. The incident retired Vettel as he flew off into the gravel trap. Webber very wide at the hairpin and dropped behind the McClarens but was crucially able to continue. An angry Vettel got out of his car and gestured at Webber.
At this point it seemed the excitement was all over. However, next it was the McClaren's turn as Button passed Hamilton into turn 12, only for Hamilton to reclaim the lead going into turn one. They even appeared to touch into turn one.
McClaren ordered their drivers to conserve fuel and Hamilton won the race from Button, but the main talking point was the Red Bull crash, which resulted in a feud that would last the season.