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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 August 2006, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
As it happened: Turkish GP
Final positions after 58 of 58 laps:

1 Massa (Ferrari)

2 Alonso (Renault)

3 M Schumacher (Ferrari)

4 Button (Honda)

5 De la Rosa (McLaren)

6 Fisichella (Renault)

7 R Schumacher (Toyota)

Latest updates (all times BST):

Lap 58: Massa slows down just in case Schumacher can pass Alonso and take the lead. But it is too late and the Brazilian holds a seven-second lead to comfortably take the chequered flag.

Schumacher stays on Alonso's tail and tries to take him down the home straight but he cannot get past and the Renault man holds on for second to increase his points advantage over Schumacher.

Lap 57: Schumacher is not showing his usual nerves of steel as he approaches Alonso again but then drops back.

Lap 56: Schumacher sets the fastest lap of the race in 1:28.005 - but it is only the result of him dropping back on the previous lap and he is still not able to have a run at Alonso.

Lap 54: Button has closed the gap on Schumacher to six seconds but it seems he will finish a very consistent race in fourth.

Lap 52: Alonso is coming up into traffic and if he slows up that will help Schumacher in his attempt to move past him. But the Ferrari driver is not close enough and things remain tight between the rivals. Will Schumacher leave it late to make a final move?

Lap 50: Massa holds a 13-second lead at the front.

Lap 49: Schumacher goes side-by-side with Alonso and tries to pass him on Turn Seven but the Renault holds on.

"Alonso has the speed through the middle sector but can he keep Schumacher at arm's length?"
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 47: News from the Renault garage reveals Alonso is having problems with blistering on his rear tyres. He is in increasing trouble.

Elsewhere, Button is the fastest man on the track in fourth but Albers, who had done so well to battle through the field, has spun off the track in his Midland.

Lap 45: Schumacher has Alonso in his sights and has closed the gap to just 0.4 seconds. The Renault driver seems to be having trouble with his Michelin tyres, highlighted by poor braking round the bends.

Lap 43: Schumacher goes into the pits but just as he emerges, Alonso flies past and it looks too late for the German to close ground on the Spaniard in Istanbul.
"It didn't pay off for Schumacher. He had to get a bigger gap and the queuing of the cars in the first pit-stop has proved costly."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 42: A little debris at Turn Eight seems to be causing problems as both Kubica and Button have had trouble controlling their cars as they negotiate the corner.

Lap 41: Schumacher takes a chunk off the time deficit with a fastest lap of 1:29.106. Alonso is 15 seconds behind Schumacher which means if the German pits then Alonso will still be ahead of him.

Lap 40: Schumacher leads the Turkish Grand Prix but he is expected to pit again. If he is to have any chance of victory he must make up at least seven seconds.

Lap 39: Barrichello sneaks past Webber into sixth and Massa comes in to the pits. Alonso follows suit and both have very quick sessions in the pits.

Lap 38: Albers climbs up to ninth place while the race leaders must be working out when to come in to pits for a second time.

Lap 35: Christijan Albers is having an impressive race in his Midland as he moves up to 10th after starting from the back of the grid.

Out in front Massa, Alonso and Schumacher engage in a battle of speed, all setting fastest laps.

Lap 34: Michael Schumacer records the fastest lap of the race but it is his Ferrari team-mate Massa who continues to hold a seven-second lead over Alonso at the front.

Lap 33: Button records his fastest lap of the race with a 1:29.266 lap but the Briton is not able to make up any time on Schumacher. That will be of no comfort to the Ferrari man, who is also failing to make up any time on Renault rival Alonso.

Lap 30: De la Rosa and Fisichella come into the pits while there is no change at the top.

Lap 28: Michael Schumacher is not having a comfortable time in Istanbul. News come through that he is having problems with his tyres - which explains why he just ran wide on the tricky Turn Eight.

"Michael lost four seconds when he went off but he is back in the groove again now. Renault know he has a tyre problem but Button, in fourth, has not been able to make up any ground."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 28: The only man yet to pit in Istanbul in De la Rosa.

Lap 27: Out in the front, Massa holds a five-second lead over Alonso. Barrichello has also done to work his way into the points and he goes into the pits from sixth place.

Lap 25: The unreliability of Williams strikes again when Rosberg is forced to go back to the pits because of a loss of water pressure in his engine. De La Rosa had already taken advantage to sneak past into fifth while Rosberg retires.

Lap 24: Button has remained steady in fourth place for Honda but the threat from behind is beginning to build momentum.

De la Rosa has already crept up to sixth in his McLaren while Fisichella has also benefitted from the safety car and is weaving his way through the field.

Lap 22: Massa has stretched his lead to three seconds over Alonso and remains the fastest man on the twisty circuit. "Massa is still piling on the pressure on the front."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 20: Race-leader Massa has a 2.4-second lead from chasing Renault Alonso. But Michael Schumacher appears to be falling further off the pace in third.

Lap 19: More over-taking in Istanbul sees Kubica move alongside Webber and squeeze past him to move up to 11th. Fisichella is also battling back after his early accident and also goes through for 12th.

Lap 18: Takuma Sato has rejoined the race after repairs to his Super Aguri but the Japanese driver is 10 laps down on the leaders.

Lap 16: The safety car is withdrawn and race conditions resume in Istanbul.

Lap 14: The two Ferraris and Alonso all went into the pits to refuel. But Alonso got the jump on Schumacher coming out of the pits and has snuck ahead of him into second place.

It seemed to be an almost suicidal decision to bring the two Ferraris in at the same time. With Massa ahead, Schumacher had to queue up behind him in the pits which gave Alonso a crucial advantage.

Lap 13: The safety car comes out as Vitantonio Liuzzi spins out of the exit of Turn One and stalls the engine, leaving his Toro Rosso stranded in a precarious position on the track.

Liuzzi is the third car to pull out as Tiago Monteiro retired and Raikkonen's suspension problems also saw him crash out.

Lap 11: Rubens Barrichello is being urged by the Honda garage to close down David Coulthard, who is just ahead of him in 12th.

Schumacher is getting faster in second place, setting the pace again in a time of 1:29.177.

Lap eight: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest lap so far in Istanbul of one minute, 29.356 seconds.

"Schumacher is beginning to wear down the gap on Massa. The pair of Ferraris are also starting to pull away from Alonso as their tyres reach their peak."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap six: The leaders have settled down and Massa has built up a 3.2-second lead on Schumacher with Alonso a further two seconds back. Massa is carrying a lighter fuel load than the German which explains why he is a little faster than his team-mate at this stage.

Lap five: It has been an action-packed start to the race - all of it triggered by Fisichella's spin. There has been plenty of jockeying positions and the crowds in Istanbul are being treated to some real racing.

Jarno Trulli dives past Antonio Liuzzi to take 10th spot but David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichello and Christijan Albers are all pressing behind.

Lap four: Jenson Button does well to overtake Webber and move into fourth place as Massa holds a 2.9 second lead over Schumacher at the front of the pack.

Lap two: There is a lot of debris on the track from Fisichella's Renault and he is in the pit to pick up a new nose piece.

Kimi Raikkonen has also pulled into the pits after a puncture on his left-rear tyre but shortly after he emerges from the out-lane he goes wide on Turn Eight and piles into the wall.

Lap one: An exciting start in Istanbul as Giancarlo Fisichella spins and sends the rest of the field behind him into chaos. Massa holds on to the lead ahead of Michael Schumacher with Alonso staying third and Mark Webber up to fourth for Williams.

1300: Off we go for the parade lap as the teams head off to warm up their tyres.

"The first corner will be so important and Michael Schumacher has the most to lose."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

1252: It is time for the drivers to settle into their cars and get ready for a demanding race ahead. The gloves go on last as they prepare to head out for the parade lap.

1240: The cars are coming out of the pits one-by-one and begin to line up on the dummy grid under sunny skies.

Most of the drivers are staying off the grid in the shade for as long as they can and pole-sitter Massa goes as far as pouring bottles of water down the back of his neck.

1235: Conditions are hot and humid at Istanbul Park. The track temperature is 49C and rising.

The stifling temperatures mean racing conditions will be difficult and very physical for the drivers. The series of tight corners also mean they will face a lot of pressure on their necks.

  • With five races to go, defending world champion Fernando Alonso holds a 10-point lead over seven-time champion Michael Schumacher at the top of the standings.

    If Schumacher can take maximum points in Istanbul, and Alonso fails to score, then the German will share the lead with the Spaniard on 100 points.

    Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa is on pole in Istanbul after Schumacher made a mistake on Turn One in qualifying.

    The Brazilian is on pole for the first time and Schumacher said before the race that Massa, third in the standings, will run his own race.

    The two Ferraris are on the front row in Istanbul but the Renaults are fast starters and will want to take advantage of that.

    Ralf Schumacher qualified fifth but will start 15th on the grid following a 10-place penalty for changing his engine before qualifying.

    Midland's Christijan Albers is at the back of the grid after being giving the same penalty.

    Britain's Jenson Button, who won the last race in Hungary, starts sixth.

    The Turkish Grand Prix made its debut in 2005 but is already one the drivers relish. It is 3.34 miles long and has lots of twists and turns, including the testing Turn Eight.

    It is also one of three anti-clockwise circuits on the calendar.



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