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In Pictures: Lewis Hamilton handed win in Turkish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton was left grateful for Red Bull Racing's disastrous duel that turned him into a race-winner again.

Hamilton stood on the brink of equalling the worst winless drought of his Formula One career if he had not triumphed in yesterday's Turkish Grand Prix.

But after nine races without a win, Hamilton took the chequered flag at Istanbul Park, spearheading a fortuitous McLaren one-two ahead of team-mate Jenson Button.

Sebastian Vettel's lap-40 collision with team-mate Mark Webber cost Red Bull their own one-two, the team collecting just 15 points for the Australian's eventual third instead of the 43 that were on offer.

Red Bull could potentially have been 43 points clear of McLaren in the constructors' standings if their drivers had swept the top two steps of the podium, but instead they are a point adrift of their rivals.

With the perfect vantage point to witness the accident as Hamilton was tailing Vettel at the time, he said: “It was great to watch.

“It was like an action movie in HD or 3D. It was fantastic. It was right ahead of me. I got the best view of it.

“It's the last thing you want to see, and fortunately Sebastian is safe.

“But I just saw Sebastian go up the inside and Mark hold his line.

“I don't think he really had much room to move to the right and I don't think there was necessarily a reason for Sebastian to try to move to the right.

“I think it was unfortunate for them, but all I can say is that it was fortunate for us because we've been working hard all year.

“I think myself and Jenson have deserved to be at the front row for some time, and so today was good.”

But Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner was left seething with frustration, pointing an accusing finger at both men — blaming Webber for not giving Vettel room, and the German for attempting to cut across the Australian.

“I think Mark has put Sebastian on the dirty side, giving him just enough room, but Sebastian has come across quite aggressively,” he said. “He was quite a long way down the side, but came across too early, so it's very frustrating.

“We've seen the drivers racing each other previously and they are usually very, very good at giving each other room. But today that didn't happen.”

Belfast Telegraph