Vettel Races to 3rd Victory at Turkish Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel led a 1-2 finish for the Red Bulls on Sunday at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul, dominating from start to finish en route to his third victory of the year.

The defending Formula One world champion was virtually unchallenged on a day when the only semblance of problem he had to face was passing dueling tailenders Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez in the 57th and penultimate lap. Vettel, who has now won three of the first four races of the 2011 Formula One season, finished 8.8 seconds ahead of teammate Mark Webber. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso jumped from fifth on the grid to snatch the last podium post just 1.2 seconds behind Webber.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button took fourth and sixth places, respectively. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who started on the third grid, failed to use his advantage as he lost out to Hamilton in a tight battle late in the 58-lap race. The Renaults of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov followed suit before Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Buemi and Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi rounded out the top ten.

Vettel is now 34 points up on Hamilton in the driver’s title with 93 points while Webber is in third spot with 55.