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Turkish delight as Button triumphs

BRAWN GP's Jenson Button won the Turkish Grand Prix yesterday for his sixth victory in seven Formula One races.

Button overtook pole sitter Sebastian Vettel on the first lap following a mistake by the Red Bull driver and held on for a 6.7-second win over Red Bull's Mark Webber.

Vettel, the first driver not to win from pole in five races at Istanbul, finished third after opting for a three-stop strategy.

Button leads with 61 points. Teammate Rubens Barrichello, who retired after starting third, has 35 points. Vettel has 29 and Webber 27.5.

"(It's) the first race where the car has been absolutely perfect," Button said. "This car is just outrageous. Before this, I really believed the Red Bulls were on our pace, but today we were a step ahead."

Button's fourth straight win - the best streak by a Briton for 17 years - makes him the fifth driver to achieve six victories in a season so quickly. The previous four - Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Michael Schumacher - all went on to win the championship.

Nigel Mansell was the last British driver to win four straight in one season as he took the title in 1992. Button joined Mansell, Damon Hill, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and James Hunt as the only Britons to win six races in a season.

Vettel touched the grass around turn 10 to veer wide on lap one, providing Button with an opening to pass.

"It was my mistake," Vettel said. "But I don't think it would have made a big difference today because Jenson was just too quick."

Vettel, the only other race winner this season, stayed right on Button's tail up to the halfway point. But unable to overtake, the German dropped 23 seconds back after his second pit stop.

Webber overtook Vettel after his final stop in the closing stages and held his teammate off by 0.7 seconds for his second runner-up finish this season.

Jarno Trulli reversed Toyota's poor performances at Barcelona and Monaco to finish fourth. Nico Rosberg of Williams was fifth ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who had won in Istanbul the past three years.

BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica earned his first points of the season by finishing seventh. Toyota's Timo Glock took the final point in eighth.


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