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Lewis Hamilton says more to come from McLaren after win

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton pleased to win eventful race

Lewis Hamilton believes there is more to come from his McLaren team after they clinched a one-two finish in an incident-packed Turkish Grand Prix.

Hamilton took advantage of a collision between the two Red Bull drivers to secure his first win of the season at Istanbul Park on Sunday.

"We have closed the gap and we have good things coming in the next few races," said the 25-year-old.

"It is not the win I would have dreamed of but I am very happy for the team."

Hamilton's victory in Turkey was his first since Singapore last season and came in a race that looked out of reach for his team at one point.

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were seemingly on their way to securing Red Bull's third one-two finish of the season, only for the cars to collide on the 40th lap.


The incident put Webber down to third while Vettel was forced to retire.

It left Hamilton and Button out in front on their own but despite seeing what had happened to their rivals, the two Englishmen got involved in their own battle with only 10 laps to go.

Button took the lead in the chicane at the end of the back straight only for the two cars to make contact as Hamilton overtook in Turn One.

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh admitted afterwards that the manoeuvres were "heart-stopping" but Hamilton said it was a "great battle".

"Towards the end we were trying to look after the tyres, the car and the fuel," added Hamilton.

"The target they gave me was a little bit slower than perhaps they had really meant for me and all of a sudden Jenson was on my tail.

"I had a great battle with him and I was happy to get past him because it was a surprise to see him go past me.

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel collide at the Turkish GP

Highights - Turkish Grand Prix

"We are allowed to race but we have to be sensible as we are a team - we both want to win the constructors' championship and the world [drivers'] championship but we're not stupid.

"I wouldn't do anything dangerous to touch him and vice versa. That's the great thing, when we are battling we know we have that respect for each other so we do not have that problem but clearly it's not the same for the guys ahead!

"Jenson was very fair. We have a huge amount of respect for each other, he is the best team-mate I have had."

Hamilton was questioned as to why he was a little subdued on the podium and he replied: "I have mixed emotions but I am very happy. I was a little bit confused the last few laps.

"I am very blessed that I was able to get back out in front and stay ahead.

"I love to overtake the guys, that's what I was trying to achieve but unfortunately I was not able to do that. I hope there are many one-twos to follow."

For his part, Button - who has won twice this season in Australia and China - said the fight with Hamilton was "good fun".

McLaren's Jenson Button

I was told to conserve fuel - Button

"I got into Turn 12 on the outside and had to have a go," said the defending world champion.

"We were wheel to wheel for five corners and it was good fun but I made a mistake on the entry into Turn One and allowed Lewis back in.

"But when Lewis got back in front, I was back into fuel save mode as we were a little worried because the race was faster than we thought.

"I hope it was fun for the British fans."

Button was delighted that McLaren, who now lead the constructors' championship by one point, have closed the gap on the pacesetting Red Bulls.

"What happened with the Red Bulls opened the door for us and it was nice to be battling up the front which is where the car should be," he added.

"We are so much closer to the Red Bulls now and three weeks ago you wouldn't have thought that would have happened.

"McLaren have got potential and a good car in race trim. We owe a lot of credit to the team."

Whitmarsh said he was nervous as his drivers battled on the track but expressed relief that they got home in one piece.

"We are a racing team and we want to let them race to a certain degree but I wasn't comfortable for a few moments," he said.

"You have got to get your own ego behind the team and if you have a one-two don't do anything to jeopardise that.

"Their engineers talked to them. We had a fuel problem that we had to manage and we did that well.

"In the race we were quicker than [the Red Bulls] and we had two great drivers that brought home one and two."

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Turkish Grand Prix

RaceLast updated: 15 Nov 2012 12:35 UK
Position Country Driver Race Time
1 great britain L Hamilton 1:28:47.620
2 great britain J Button 1:28:50.265
3 australia M Webber 1:29:11.905
4 germany M Schumacher 1:29:18.730
5 germany N Rosberg 1:29:19.886
6 poland R Kubica 1:29:20.444
7 brazil F Massa 1:29:24.255
8 spain F Alonso 1:29:34.164
9 germany A Sutil 1:29:36.649
10 japan K Kobayashi 1:29:53.270

see also
Red Bull drivers play blame game
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull clash hands Hamilton win
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari will bounce back - Alonso
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP as it happened
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Highights - Turkish Grand Prix
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Turkish Grand Prix photos
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Webber storms to Turkish GP pole
30 May 10 |  Formula 1

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