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Felipe Massa has won his 3rd consecutive win.

Massa was hunted down by Lewis Hamilton who finished 2nd. Raikkone was also closing in on Hamilton in the final stages, and managed to finish 3rd.

Alonso managed to get ahead of Webber at the start to finish 6th, another good show for the Renault team. The 2 BMW Saubers had a quiet afternoon, with Kubica finishing 4th ahead of team mate Heidfeld in 5th.

Turkish GP Result – 58 Laps

1.  MASSA        Ferrari       
2.  HAMILTON     McLaren       +3.7s
3.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       +4.2s
4.  KUBICA       BMW           +21.6s
5.  HEIDFELD     BMW           +38.7s
6.  ALONSO       Renault       +53.7s
7.  WEBBER       Red Bull      +64.2s
8.  ROSBERG      Williams      +71.4s
9.  COULTHARD    Red Bull      +75.2s
10. TRULLI       Toyota        +76.3s
11. BUTTON       Honda         +1 lap
12. KOVALAINEN   McLaren       +1 lap
13. GLOCK        Toyota        +1 lap
14. BARRICHELLO  Honda         +1 lap
15. PIQUET       Renault       +1 lap
16. SUTIL        Force India   +1 lap
17. VETTEL       Toro Rosso    +1 lap
R.  BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso    +34 laps
R.  NAKAJIMA     Williams      +57 laps
R.  FISICHELLA   Force India   +58 laps

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Massa has claimed his 3rd consecutive pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix

Kovalainen was back to his best by securing 2nd place, ahead of team mate Hamilton who managed 3rd. Hamilton was the only front runner on theharder compound tyre. He said he felt in more control of the car using the harder compound.

Raikkonen lines up behind Hamilton in 4th

Fisichella starts last after incurring a 3 grid place penalty for passing a red light in practice.

Starting Grid : 

1.  MASSA         Ferrari     

2.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren        

3.  HAMILTON      McLaren        

4.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari    

5.  KUBICA        BMW

6.  WEBBER        Red Bull

7.  ALONSO        Renault

8.  TRULLI        Toyota

9.  HEIDFELD      BMW

10. COULTHARD     Red Bull       

11. ROSBERG       Williams     

12. BARRICHELLO   Honda        

13. BUTTON        Honda        

14. VETTEL        Toro Rosso    

15. GLOCK         Toyota       

16. NAKAJIMA      Williams      
17. PIQUET        Renault      
18. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    
19. SUTIL         Force India

20. FISICHELLA    Force India*

 

 

*three-place grid penalty for passing red light at pit lane exit in practice

 

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Kimi Raikkonen has finished fastest of the day in 2nd practice this afternoon
The team had to change his gearbox during 1st practice
Mark Webber had a crash into a barrier at turn 6, he broke the front suspension
Alonso couldn’t match his morning time, and ended up 9th, neither could Button who ended up 11th
Hamilton ended up 2nd after a better run in the afternoon, while Massa dropped to 3rd after being fastest in the morning session.

Turkish GP Free Practice Session 2 Times :

 

1.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari      1m27.543s
2.  HAMILTON     McLaren      1m27.579s
3.  MASSA        Ferrari      1m27.682s
4.  COULTHARD    Red Bull     1m27.763s
5.  KOVALAINEN   McLaren      1m27.954s
6.  KUBICA       BMW          1m28.431s
7.  TRULLI       Toyota       1m28.619s
8.  NAKAJIMA     Williams     1m28.664s
9.  ALONSO       Renault      1m28.681s
10. HEIDFELD     BMW          1m28.817s
11. BUTTON       Honda        1m28.826s
12. GLOCK        Toyota       1m28.849s
13. ROSBERG      Williams     1m28.907s
14. FISICHELLA   Force India  1m29.008s
15. BARRICHELLO  Honda        1m29.024s
16. PIQUET       Renault      1m29.212s
17. VETTEL       Toro Rosso   1m29.462s
18. BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso   1m29.630s
19. WEBBER       Red Bull     1m29.633s
20. SUTIL        Force India  1m30.832s

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Massa has finished fastest in the 1st practice session

Raikkonen had gearbox problems, so ended up last.
Kovalainen was impressive after his crash 2 weeks ago by claiming 2nd place, ahead of team mate Hamilton who was 3rd. Alonso is showing his car has improved by going 4th fastest, ahead of a quick Jenson Button in 5th

Turkish GP Free Practice Session 1 Times :

 

1.  MASSA         Ferrari     1m27.323s

2.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren     1m27.456s

3.  HAMILTON      McLaren     1m27.752s

4.  ALONSO        Renault     1m28.284s

5.  BUTTON        Honda       1m28.919s

6.  NAKAJIMA      Williams    1m29.002s

7.  HEIDFELD      BMW         1m29.024s

8.  BARRICHELLO   Honda       1m29.068s

9.  PIQUET        Renault     1m29.082s

10. GLOCK         Toyota      1m29.103s

11. TRULLI        Toyota      1m29.329s

12. KUBICA        BMW         1m29.330s

13. ROSBERG       Williams    1m29.367s

14. SUTIL         Force India 1m29.756s

15. FISICHELLA    Force India 1m29.811s

16. WEBBER        Red Bull    1m30.088s

17. COULTHARD     Red Bull    1m30.340s

18. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso  1m30.388s

19. VETTEL        Toro Rosso  1m30.426s

20. RAIKKONEN     Ferrari     1m30.732s

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Lewis Hamilton has made his stage debut in a historical stage show called Troya. He met a local dance troop where he was hoisted into the sky on wires over a huge Trojan Horse.
The dancers were there to perform the Troy (Troya), portraying the legendary Trojan War. The show depicts 3,000 years of Anatolian history, beginning with the famous legend.

It was part of a promotional event before Sunday’s Turkish Grand prix

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It has been confirmed on Friday that the qualifying procedures will now change after the Super Aguri team’s withdrawal from the championship. Race stewards said that with only 20 cars now on the grid, 5 rather than 6 drivers would be excluded after each of the first two parts of Saturday qualifying.
This will still leave 10 cars fighting for pole position in the final 10-minute phase.

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Heikki Kovalainen has been given the all clear to take part in the Turkish Grand Prix.
Kovalainen was knocked unconscious after a wheel rim failure on his car sent him into the tyre wall during the Spanish Grand Prix.
Kovalainen had to have a fitness test this morning in Turkey to see if he was fit to race on Sunday.
“I am obviously very pleased with the decision by the FIA Medical Team,” Kovalainen said.
“I arrived here today feeling confident that I would pass the FIA test as I feel 100% and if I had not felt 100 percent I would have told the team already and stayed at home.”
“My preparation for this weekend has gone well and we have done a lot of fitness training. Obviously a big thumbs up for all the FIA safety standards and the guys in Spain who worked hard to get me out of the car safely.” “I think the accident probably looked worse than it was for me. I had a little headache but was back in training almost immediately. I now look forward to the rest of the weekend and the rest of the season.”

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