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GP Week : Issue 49
>>F1TURKEY ed Bull gets a Turkey stuffing IT was supposed to be the race that Red Bull took the fight to Brawn, but instead Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were blown away by the pace of the race winner Jenson Button. Following the Grand Prix, Mark Webber praised Brawn’s pace, admitting that in race conditions, Button had been “on another planet.” “We expected to be closer to the Brawns but we got caned fair and square today, so this is a deserving result. I also enjoyed the race today. The track was quite good to drive as Jenson said it rubbered up and it was pretty enjoyable to drive. It would have been nice if there was one less car in the race but he [Button] was there.” Webber insisted that Red Bull still had work to do, and that time was running out to stop Button from running away with the title. “We expected to be a bit closer here, to be honest. Jenson was on another level today. There was no way anyone was going to beat him. It’s not that we’re really going to change our mentality going forward. We’re doing everything we can to make the car as fast as possible for every venue we go to and that’s starting with the next Grand Prix in the UK. “You would think, looking at the past, whether it was Barcelona or a little bit Malaysia – those sorts of circuits and Shanghai – where there were some quicker sections that would suit us, so maybe Silverstone is somewhere where we can maybe get closer. Nürburgring? It’s very difficult to say at the moment. I think if we went to Nürburgring as the next race Brawn would still have an advantage. We need to keep going on the path we are but we need to bite into the back of their development if we can somehow and soon. Obviously we need to do it soon because the more races we do, there are less to come.” McLaren: Title fight is over MCLAREN Mercedes Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has all but conceded that Lewis Hamilton’s championship defence is over following a dismal Turkish Grand Prix, in which the reigning world champion struggled to finish in a lowly 13th position. Whitmarsh told journalists after the race that he believed current championship leader Jenson Button deserved the success he was achieving and would be a worthy World Champion, but that McLaren had not given up hope of regaining some element of competitive form in 2009. “I think you’ve got to say Jenson looks in good shape and I’m sure that he deserves it,”he said in the Istanbul paddock. “He’s had years struggling in the dark and now he’s doing a fantastic job in a competitive car and I think he looks like he’s going to be World Champion. “With regards to us, we need to make sure that we’re strong next year, that the way we approach next year is that we apply resources because I think ourselves and Ferrari are still struggling as a result of what’s happened in the last few years, but at the same time we’re a racing team. To say we’re not going to try and win a race for the rest of the year isn’t in our makeup, it isn’t in our DNA, so we will be pushing hard to see how we can improve the car. “But we’re realistic, I don’t think we’ve been making any predictions that we’re going to be back on the podium any time soon, but we’ll keep pushing, learning what we can from this car but putting adequate resource into next year’s car so we can be competitive.” 31