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Turkish GP 2011: My Thoughts

It's taken me a little longer than expected to gather my thoughts on the Turkish Grand Prix.

In a sense so much happened, but really so very little happened.

Once again Vettel dominated the race, which resulted in a Red Bull one two finish. Can no one even come close to them?

I see glimmers of hope when Hamilton feels the car working for him and the garage make the right strategic moves. But more often than not his over zealous driving or poor pit stops always seem to get in the way of him and a podium.

So in Turkey this year, it was Vettel who struck gold. The German's race was pretty much perfect. The question from last season 'who can beat him?' is starting to be asked again.

It wasn't a great day for McLaren. The team seemed to be playing catch up the whole entire race; nothing they did was quite good enough. When Hamilton and Button weren't scrapping with each other, both drivers didn't manage their tyres well and neither seemed to know what pit stop strategy they were on. They try so hard but never seem to get anywhere. But I guess it wasn't all bad. In the first half of the race Button showed us some of his world class talent. Button took advantage of the scrap between Massa and Rosberg. He read the situation perfectly and ran his car around the outside to slyly overtake Rosberg. Stunning to watch. It makes you wonder why he can't drive like that all the time, but who am I to question. A part form a few snaps of brilliance it was a sloppy day for the Brits.

For me Alonso was the cool customer of the race. He got his head down and did what he needed to do in true Alonso style. Apart from the little shake up with Webber towards the end of the race, everything for Alonso was textbook. Even though Alonso isn't in the top three of the driver championship yet, it's too early to right the Spaniard off. The start of the 2010 was similar, Alonso didn't win until the 11th race, but he became a close championship contender towards the end of the season. Will we see a repeat this year?

I really don't want the Turkish Grand Prix to be the Vettel watershed.

Let's hope Spain can through up something special.

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Date:Monday May 16 2011

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