Vettel cruises to win Turkish Grand Prix

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Vettel cruises to win Turkish Grand Prix

ISTANBUL - Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel easily won the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, clinching his third win of the season ahead of teammate Mark Webber to extend his overall lead.

The Formula One champion was never in trouble at Istanbul Park after starting from pole position for the fourth consecutive time. The 23-year-old Vettel won by a comfortable margin of 8.8 seconds.

“Throughout this race we had this cushion and were able to act, rather than react,’’ Vettel said. “We never really had anybody close behind which would have been a different situation.’’

Vettel became the youngest F1 champion last year, and is the odds-on favorite to defend his title. He leads McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by 34 points and Webber by 38.

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