McLaren one-two as Red Bulls tangle in Turkey

When McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton broke his duck in 2010 he did so in dramatic style, in a Turkish Grand Prix that at one stage seemed destined to yield Red Bull yet another one-two.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber led off the line as team mate Sebastian Vettel boiled through to push slow-starting Hamilton down to third and Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher edged ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button for fourth. Both McLaren drivers made up a place on that opening tour, however, and until the pit stops Hamilton put Webber under huge pressure.

Then a slight delay for the Englishman, with his right-rear tyre, dropped him to third behind Webber and Vettel, with Button a watchful fourth, and until Lap 40 that was how they ran, nose to tail, each awaiting a mistake from the others. No one else was in the race.

But on Lap 41 Vettel got a run on Webber on the inside going down to Turn 12, and had drawn alongside, but as he tried to move to the right to gain the entry line his right rear wheel clipped Webber’s left front. Suddenly Vettel was spinning wildly down the road and into retirement with a punctured right-rear tyre, and as Webber was forced to run wide the two McLarens picked their way gleefully through the debris to snatch the leading positions.

Webber and Vettel each squarely blamed the other for the accident, which left Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey with his head in his hands.

It seemed the McLaren duo had been handed the race on a plate but the drama wasn’t over. There was a small amount of rain, but around this time the McLaren drivers were also told to conserve fuel. Button sliced into Hamilton’s lead and got a similar run on him going into Turn 12 on Lap 48. But he was on the outside, and as Hamilton hung tough on the inside they went side by side through that corner. And 13. And 14.

Across the finish line they were officially separated by 0.0s, and Button was credited with the lead, but Hamilton wasn’t done yet and they touched wheels lightly as he pushed back through into first place going into Turn One. It was fabulous stuff, and thereafter he was able to open the gap up again to score a timely victory as both he and Button eased off to save fuel.

Button seemed happy enough with second, while Webber was so far ahead of Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes that he was able to pit for a new nose and front wing on Lap 42 and still finish on the podium.

As a result he still leads the world championship with 93 points to Button’s 88 and Hamilton’s 84, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is fourth on 79 from Vettel on 78.

Neither Mercedes had the pace to challenge Red Bull or McLaren, but they were much faster than the Ferraris which were having their 800th race. Schumacher was fourth, with team mate Nico Rosberg closing in as the track got greasy, to finish fifth ahead of Renault’s Robert Kubica and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa who had a race-long battle for sixth.

Alonso was stuck for a long time behind an impressive Vitaly Petrov in the second Renault, but took the place after they brushed wheels at the start of Lap 54. That gave the Renault driver a puncture, which dropped him to 15th after a great performance that ultimately gave him only fastest lap on fresh tyres.

The final points went to Adrian Sutil for Force India from Kamui Kobayashi, who beat BMW Sauber team mate Pedro de la Rosa to the line by two-tenths of a second. They did not collide.

Behind them, Jaime Alguersuari brought his Toro Rosso home 12th, having twice set fastest lap after a late pit stop on Lap 41, Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Force India was 13th, then Rubens Barrichello was 14th for Williams after catching and passing team mate Nico Hulkenberg, who’d been forced into a pit stop on the opening lap after a brush with Sebastien Buemi who also needed a new right-rear tyre. He was 16th behind Petrov.

The Virgins won the new team prize, with Timo Glock 18th behind Hulkenberg after both Lotuses had retired, and Lucas di Grassi was 19th. Bruno Senna had a great fight with his fellow countryman, but neither he nor team mate Karun Chandhok were running at the finish.

The controversial yet gripping race moves McLaren back ahead of Red Bull in the constructors’ championship, with 172 points to 171, with Ferrari third on 146 and Mercedes fourth on 100. Renault have 73.

great race at Turkish 2010 GP. Red Bulls would’ve won the race but some young blood arrogance came rushing in costing them the race. im happy enough to see schumi raced well to the end and finished fourth. ferraris however failed to perform well here. hopefully they’d come better in the next race. article from Formula 1 Official Web Site.

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Race – Webber and Red Bull hit Monaco jackpot

Race winner Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing on the podium.     Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix,    Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010

Red Bull’s Mark Webber underwent trial by safety car in Monte Carlo on Sunday afternoon, but kept his cool throughout four interventions, the last of which was after a late tangle at Rascasse between backmarkers Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok which happened right in front of his Red Bull.

Race winner Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6 leads the final    lap behind the Safety Car.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race,   Monaco Grand Prix,  Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010That brought out Bernd Maylander and the Mercedes for the last time, the previous three occasions involving two heavy crashes by Williams drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello. On all of those occasions Webber had calmly opened up the gap again over team mate Sebastian Vettel, who had beaten front-row starter Robert Kubica off the line at the start and then trailed Webber throughout.

It was far from a gripping race, with only the accidents providing relief from total Red Bull domination as Kubica drove his heart out to keep them honest but was unable to challenge.

It was the first time an Australian had won in the Principality since Sir Jack Brabham did so for Cooper in 1959, and puts Webber into the lead of the world championship, level with Vettel on 78 points.

Behind the valiant Kubica, Felipe Massa held Lewis Hamilton at bay as Fernando Alonso fought his way up from last place after a pit lane start.

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Williams FW32 has a damaged front wing at the        start of the race shortly before he crashed heavily later in the     lap.    Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand  Prix,       Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010The first safety car came out on the opening lap after Hulkenberg crashed heavily in the tunnel after a front wing component failed. Then team mate Barrichello also shunted hard going up the hill to Massenet on the 31st lap due to a rear-end failure. That brought out the second safety car, and another came on the 43rd lap as a loose drain cover was noted in the vicinity. When Barrichello discarded his shattered car’s steering wheel, an HRT ran it over.

As the safety car pulled in at the end of the 78th after its final appearance, and on the race’s final lap all that remained was for the drivers to cross the line again, but an opportunistic Schumacher dived ahead of Alonso, demoting him to seventh place. That move was subsequently deemed illegal by the stewards, who added 20s to the German’s race time in lieu of a drive-through penalty, dropping him to 12th.

Schumacher’s Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg was thus seventh, and behind him Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi made it a good day for Force India with eighth and ninth places. Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi Buemi inherited the final point for tenth after Schumacher’s penalty and team mate Jaime Alguersuari was the only other finisher.Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 with a smoking engine. Formula   One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo,   Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010

Besides Chandhok and Trulli, who crashed on the race’s 74th lap, the other non-finishers were Heikki Kovalainen and Bruno Senna, who quit on the 60th with mechanical failures, and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov who called it a day with five laps to go with after a troubled race following an early puncture. It wasn’t a great day for McLaren, with Jenson Button losing ground at the start and becoming the second retirement with suspected engine failure on the third lap. Mechanical problems also accounted for the Virgins of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi, and the BMW Saubers of Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi.

After Schumacher’s demotion, Alonso leaves Monaco third overall in the driver standings with 75 points, then come Button on 70 from Massa on 61, Kubica and Hamilton on 59 and Rosberg on 56.

For the first time this season Red Bull also lead the constructors’ world championship, with 156 points, Ferrari on 136, McLaren on 129, Mercedes on 78 and Renault on 65.

as much as i have expected.. this season have been a great one so far. schumi’s presence pushes these boys to ride better from race to race. red bull are flying high now. ferrari is doing ok despite having some setbacks. so did mclaren and others. only those newcomers needed more experience. i bet they’d be better soon. congrats vettel on ur win. but i still do have faith in alonso and schumacher. article from Formula 1 website.

syafeerul:( …

and off she goes.. a place where distance lies as far as the horizon. where time clocks differently. where love is overwhelmed by longing..

although the truth is she’s only an hour and forty-five minutes away but it feels like a year and forty-five months far..

perhaps i’ve said enough coz i don’t think no words may express the sound of my heart..

Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson Commends Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti

United boss is adamant that his team will return stronger next year.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has congratulated Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea for winning the Premier League this season.

Even though United cruised to a 4-0 win over Stoke City, but Chelsea’s 8-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic gave the Blues the title and ended the Red Devils’ hopes of winning a fourth consecutive league championship. Ferguson has applauded Ancelotti and his team on a great achievement, but insists that United will come back stronger next year.

“This is the hardest league in the world to win and we applaud Chelsea for winning it,” Ferguson told The Sun.

“We have won it the last three years so we know how hard it is. So I congratulate Carlo who is a good manager and a good guy. Of course we’ll be back next year – that is what Manchester United do.

“Next year we will go again and try and bring back the title to the best place in the world.”

Even though United narrowly missed out on a record 19th league title this season, Ferguson still considers his side’s Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Bayern Munich as the Red Devils’ biggest disappointment of the season.

“I look at the European Cup and that was a big disappointment. We should have been in the final because we were the better team and just did not have the luck on the night.”

Ferguson has no trouble expecting the best out of his United team every season, even though the Premier League has become more difficult to win.

“It is a tougher and more competitive league nowadays and it is not easy to impose the kind of football we all want to see against every opposing team.

“There is a great expectancy at Manchester United. I have no problem with that demand, but we should remember that when I arrived at Old Trafford, Liverpool were winning the championship on a regular basis while we had gone 20 years without the title. We changed all that.”

ok.. despite having such thrilling season.. at the end chelsea ended as winners. congratulations to the blues fans. they played really well under ancelotti. next season the devils will come back stronger. so the top three goes to chelsea, manchester united and arsenal. spurs made the fourth place to allow them to be in the Champions League play-off next season. Man City did quite well this season but not good enough to grab the fourth place. surprisingly, liverpool ended seventh place. perhaps this would be rafa’s last season. on the other end, hull, burnley and portsmouth are relegated. they fought well especially burnley but it wasn’t enough. good luck in coming back to premier league next season!

Drogba leads the top scorer’s list with 29 goals, Rooney in 2nd with 26 and Bent scoring 24 goals. Lampard tops the assists list followed by Fabregas in 2nd and Drogba in 3rd.

but for now, let’s enjoy the FIFA World Cup 2010! article from Goal.com.

Teams Select Criteria League Table Goals Scored Goals Conceded Clean Sheets Average Goals Scored Half-time League Home League Away League Disciplinary Table Age of Club Ground Capacities Average Attendance
Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Chelsea 37 26 5 6 95 32 63 83
2 Man Utd 37 26 4 7 82 28 54 82
3 Arsenal 37 22 6 9 79 41 38 72
4 Tottenham 37 21 7 9 65 37 28 70
5 Manchester City 37 18 12 7 72 44 28 66
6 Aston Villa 37 17 13 7 52 38 14 64
7 Liverpool 37 18 8 11 61 35 26 62
8 Everton 37 15 13 9 59 49 10 58
9 Birmingham 37 13 11 13 37 45 -8 50
10 Stoke City 37 11 14 12 34 44 -10 47
11 Blackburn 37 12 11 14 40 55 -15 47
12 Fulham 37 12 10 15 39 42 -3 46
13 Sunderland 37 11 11 15 47 54 -7 44
14 Bolton 37 9 9 19 40 66 -26 36
15 Wigan Athletic 37 9 9 19 37 71 -34 36
16 Wolves 37 8 11 18 30 55 -25 35
17 West Ham Utd 37 8 10 19 46 65 -19 34
18 Hull City 37 6 11 20 34 75 -41 29
19 Burnley 37 7 6 24 38 80 -42 27
20 Portsmouth 37 7 7 23 34 65 -31 19