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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 August 2007, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Turkish Grand Prix 2007
Istanbul Park 24-26 August, 2007
The Chequered Flag podcast



Final positions:

1 Massa (Ferrari)

2 Raikkonen (Ferrari)

3 Alonso (McLaren)

4 Heidfeld (BMW)

5 Hamilton (McLaren)

6 Kovalainen (Renault)

7 Rosberg (Williams)

8 Kubica (BMW)

LATEST ACTION AS IT HAPPENS (ALL TIMES BST)

By Mark Orlovac

606: DEBATE

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1435: Massa jumps off his Ferrari after docking it in parc ferme and punches the air in delight. He knows how important this victory is. Thanks for your company.

"It was a very sweet victory for Massa. He was quiet during practice but during qualifying he was perfect. He withstood the pressure in the race, held on and drove a perfectly-judged race. It was a superb win and a timely one as well."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 58: Massa celebrates as he takes the fifth Grand Prix victory of his career. Raikkonen makes it a Ferrari one-two while Alonso reduces the gap on Hamilton in the driver standings with a place on the podium.

Lap 57: Just as I say that, Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of the race - 1:27.295. Typical.

"Massa has just got to hang in there. He has seen off the challenge of Raikkonen who will feel he cannot close up now."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 54: Massa is cruising and is now four seconds clear. Raikkonen must be resigned to second and is easing off.

Lap 52: Fifth-placed Hamilton is not closing the gap on Heidfeld and out of the top five cars, he is the slowest. Kovalainen in sixth is being urged by his Renault team to go after the Briton.

Lap 49: Massa looks all set for a fine win. He increases his lead over Raikkonen to 3.9 seconds. Brit recap time: Coulthard 10th, Button 13th, Davidson 14th.

"I wonder if something has happened to Hamilton's car as it is not happening for him at the moment. He is recorded laps in the 1:30's at the moment."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 46: Alonso was the big winner out of all of that and is now lying in third place, 21.1 seconds behind leader Massa. Hamilton though, is pretty lucky that he suffered the problem where he did.

Lap 43: Dramatic moments for Hamilton who comes off the track with a puncture. Despite the flapping rubber bashing the side of the car, he is able to limp his way back to the pits for a change - just as Alonso leaves. Hamilton comes out in fifth, just behind Heidfeld.

Lap 42: After a quick lap, Massa comes in and rejoins the race ahead of his team-mate, who has been hindered by some of the backmarkers.

Lap 41: Raikkonen is in the pits.

Lap 40: The Ferrari mechanics gather but Massa and Raikkonen stay out. Massa is apparently having trouble with his tyres.

Lap 38: Raikkonen is piling the pressure on Massa and the leader locks up his brakes. The Finn is within touching distance and could pounce very soon, especially if Massa gets caught with a backmarker. Kubica is back in the pits.

"Massa is really cool, just like in this race a year ago. He is coping with everything."

BBC Radio 5live analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 36: After a fine middle stint from Button which saw him move up to 12th, the Englishman comes into the pits.

Lap 34: Hamilton and Alonso are slipping further behind the Ferraris. Alonso is not able to close up on Hamilton at all.

Lap 33: Apparently Massa was trying to get some more air, which was why he started mucking about with his helmet earlier on. Can't blame him.

Lap 31: Hamilton is over six seconds behind Massa now. The Brazilian, who won this race last year, is looking very comfortable.

Lap 30: Jenson Button, who had to start from the back of the grid, has battled his way up to 13th place.

Lap 28: Heikki Kovalainen, currently in sixth, is told by his team to push as they feel that can beat Heidfeld.

Lap 27: Anthony Davidson comes into the pits for his first change. Massa still leads and is 2.5 seconds ahead of Raikkonen, despite having to rip off what seems a large sticker from his visor.

"McLaren still have to use the softer tyre and are gambling on the track getting quicker and quicker. Hamilton is hanging in there while Alonso is not making any inroads on his team-mate."

BBC Radio 5live analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 23: After all that flurry of activity, let's have a quick update of the positions. Massa leads, followed by Raikkonen, Hamilton and Alonso. Hamilton is four seconds behind Massa.

Lap 20: Hamilton is now in and Kovalainen leads but he has not yet come into the pits.

Lap 19: It's Massa turn to change tyres and he returns to the track ahead of his team-mate.

Lap 18: Raikkonen is the first of the Ferraris to come in while Massa sets the fastest lap of 1:27.922. Alonso also comes in but crucially he comes out ahead of Heidfeld. The Spaniard really needed that.

Lap 17: Heidfeld comes in to the pits and Alonso finally has a clear track. Let's see what he can do, he knows that this stint could be vitally important. Rosberg comes in and goes to the harder option.

Lap 15: Lap 14: Massa posts a best of 1:28.302 on lap 14 but his team-mate responds immediately with a best of 1:27.941. This is good stuff.

"Massa is going for it but so is Raikkonen. The pit stops are looming and Raikkonen is trying to get as close to his team-mate as he can."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 13: It's so frustrating for Alonso. He just can't get close enough to Heidfeld. He will have to sit tight for another lap. Massa still leads and is over a second ahead of Raikkonen.

Lap 12: Alonso is desperately trying to close up on Heidfeld and comes very close to making a move. Kubica comes into the pits and swaps to harder tyres.

Lap nine: Hamilton sets his own personal best but is still over three seconds behind Massa. Red Bull's Mark Webber comes into the pits and is promptly dragged into the garage, his race is over - his fifth retirement of the season.

Lap six: The Ferraris are pulling away. It is Raikkonen's turn to set the fastest lap, which is now 1:28.698. Hamilton is getting dropped but importantly he is keeping ahead of title rival Alonso.

Lap four: No change in the top six. The Ferraris are looking in control but Hamilton is the fastest man on the track at the moment and sets a time of 1:29.262. Toyota's Jarno Trulli is working his way back up the field after spinning at the first corner following a coming together with Giancarlo Fisichella of Renault.

Lap two: Massa is pulling away and Raikkonen is with him. The pair are pulling away from the rest. Alonso must be simmering in his McLaren as he can't get close enough to Heidfeld to make a move.

Lap one: Dreadful start for Alonso and Hamilton. Raikkonen takes Hamilton while Alonso goes straight down to sixth as BMW pair Kubica and Nick Heidfeld overtake him. Massa retains his lead.

1259: Alonso and Hamilton are on the hard tyres, the Ferraris are on the softs and interestingly, so is Robert Kubica, who is lying fifth on the grid. Alonso, in fourth, will have to watch it as Kubica could get off the line quicker than him, especially as he is on the clean side of the track. The drivers are on their formation lap.

"Alonso has to think about what's all around him. If he is carrying more fuel he has to be very careful at the first corner as it goes downhill. If he makes a mistake the BMWs will be all over him."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Maurice Hamilton

1253: Hollywood superstar Bo Derek is at the race sporting some enormous shades and reveals she is a massive fan of F1. "I feel I am the luckiest girl in the world right now. It's fabulous," she says from the grid. That's nice.

1249: Hamilton quickly assures the viewing public that he is concentrating on the race. He adds: "The Ferraris are very quick and they are on the clean side of the track. If I get a good start then I will challenge at the first corner, if not I will tuck in behind. I feel I am going to go longer than Massa. Alonso is very quick and aggressive but I am looking forward and hopefully he will not come into the equation."

1242: The cars have taken their places on the grid and many of the drivers are using umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun. Hope they've got the factor 30 on. Our Lewis is interviewed on telly and boy, is he cool customer. When asked what he is thinking about he says: "I am just keeping relaxed and I am thinking about which Mercedes I would like next." I know how you feel Lewis.

"Lewis has established plenty of good leads and has proved he can drive very well defensively too, but to see him go toe-to-toe with Massa and come out on top would be a great afternoon of entertainment."
From capri12uk on 606

1233: Quick weather update. It's hot. Very hot. Currently in Istanbul the air temperature is 35C with the track temperature a scorching 52C. All the hours of fitness training these boys put in will pay off today.

1219: It really doesn't get any better for Honda, does it? One solitary constructors' point so far this season and they have little chance of adding to that with both of their drivers at the back of the grid in Istanbul. Jenson Button sums up the mood perfectly: "You can have some fun coming from the back of the grid but it is going to be difficult to get past the Spykers. We will see what we can do."

1203: Television coverage has just done a recap of the Alonso/Hamilton battle that has simmered all season. Former champion Niki Lauda has added his views on the matter this morning on the radio - and he doesn't hold back. He says Alonso should stop "complaining, bitching and moaning" and "concentrate on driving quicker". You sit on the fence there, Niki.

"Hamilton has a real chance of extending his lead over Alonso, however, I fancy Raikkonen. He is showing good form as of late, and another win for him today for me."
From blox_fox on 606

"Fernando Alonso is my tip for today, he is a born winner and I can see his title surge lift off. Here's for a good race."
From Celtic-06- Paul on 606

1110: Just a quick bit of late news for you. Honda duo Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello have been relegated to the back of the grid after both drivers had their engines changed. Button had a problem at the end of second qualifying on Saturday and starts in 22nd place, with Barrichello just ahead of him.

1100: Morning all. After the three-week break we are back and ready for the 12th Grand Prix of the season.

Unsurprisingly, all eyes in qualifying were on bickering McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and reigning champion Fernando Alonso following their little falling out in Hungary (but they have made up though haven't they...?).

Both drivers were given separate pit crews to reduce the risk of problems and Hamilton looked as though he had snatched pole only for Ferrari's Felipe Massa to take it right at the end.

Kimi Raikkonen starts in third for Ferrari while Alonso struggled after going out for his final lap on hard tyres and starts in fourth - making his job of reducing Hamilton's championship lead even harder.

So how you think the race will pan out? Why not get in touch via 606 or by texting 81111 to let us know your thoughts.



SEE ALSO
Alonso must stop moaning - Lauda
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