Red Mist - Turkish GP 2010

Red Mist - Turkish GP 2010 A walk along the banks of the Bosphorus at sunset or sunrise is surely one of the highlights of the F1 year.

I decided to get up at 5am on Friday morning to experience one of the most peaceful starts to the day of any Grand Prix weekend. With the moon setting into the early morning mist, a fisherman lays out his nets as the sun rises behind me. Along this normally bustling area known as Suadiye, you are surrounded by silence, utterly beautiful and the perfect tonic to the experience that is waiting for you at the Istanbul Park race track 30 minutes along the coast.

Two weeks ago in Monaco, a certain Mark Webber was flying high after winning the crown jewels of F1 race victories in Monaco a week after winning in Catalunya. Arriving into Istanbul the likeable Aussie was on for a hat-trick.

Red Bull's image is closely linked to the uber-cool, young and adventurous. It's also an image that's been built on fun and winning. It's the way this year's Red Bull Racing team has gone about its business.

Webber's pole position will surely have rankled his uber-cool, young and adventurous team mate as yet again, Webber had blown Vettel away in qualifying.

Come the race, it looked as if he was on course to do it again and claim a hat-trick of wins that to be fair he fully deserved.

We will have to wait to hear the final verdict as to what happened on board both RB5s as they raced around Istanbul Park. Whatever was communicated to the team-mates around lap 40, someone had decided it was time for Sebastian to win. Whether it was Sebastian himself or the powers that be, he went for it and in doing so blew a certain 1-2 out of the water and blew the World Championship wide open to boot.

With Webber about to sign a new contract one can only imagine what must be going through his mind.

As the man himself said, 'it's a ****ing disaster'

To enjoy my images from the Turkish Grand Prix, please visit the formula 1 section of my website and select Turkey.

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