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Turkish Grand Prix as it happened


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1500: So, the Jenson Button juggernaut rumbles on and it's hard to see who can challenge him now. Six wins out of seven and the scribes will already by writing their JB Championship-winning stories, I'm sure. We hoped for a more competitive race weekend, but the Brawn GPs just keep coming up with the goods. Still - Silverstone is up next and, with that being its farewell race, it should make for a storming weekend. Who knows, the likes of Red Bull, Toyota and Ferrari might even force through some updates that see them close the gap on Ross Brawn's team. Keep the faith, people, and join us in a fortnight's time for a par-tay.

"I actually thoroughly enjoyed the race - even though I was so far back. I was so heavy at the start, but I pushed and pushed and I'm smiling now because I feel like I got the very best out of the car. I'll say to the (McLaren) guys not to get downbeat - yes we might not challenge for wins this year, but let's knuckle down and make sure we bounce back from this, especially next year. I'm still looking forward to Silverstone next up - and I want to wish Jenson Button all the very best, I'm really happy for him."
Lewis Hamilton, who finished 13th, on BBC One

"Yes, I made a mistake on the first lap - that was my error - but I don't think it would've made a difference because Jenson was so far ahead today. I did think I would switch to a two-stop strategy but we stuck with our pre-race plan and in the end I followed Mark home. I'm not happy, of course, but it was a good result for the team."
Sebastian Vettel on BBC One

"It was a very good afternoon for me - I had to hang in there as long as I could in the first stint and that went pretty well, and after that it opened up for me to pull away from the rest of the field. I knew Sebastian's strategy and the second stint was crucial - it came off for me and I'm happy because I don't think we were ever going to win today because the guy who won is a different animal."
Mark Webber on BBC One

"Today the car was the best it's felt all year. It was immense and I have to say a massive thank you to the team. It just keeps getting better. The rubber on the circuit helped but it was a great day."
Jenson Button on BBC One

1445: BBC One grab Brawn GP owner Ross Brawn: "It was a beautiful drive from Jenson, perfect. We knew he was fuelled longer but he managed the engine, the tyres and so on perfectly, while still pushing the car brilliantly. I gave him a hard time because he went off in practice - that's the first mistake he's made all year and it's quite remarkable. Yes, we've done a remarkable job with the car, but it's a marriage and Jenson has been perfect. We now really look forward to the British Grand Prix."

1440: "I guess Jenson Button didn't expect Sebastian Vettel to drop the ball on lap one, but after that his talent and experience saw him ease home. I cannot see any way that he won't win the Championship." says David Coulthard. "It all happened on lap one - the mistake from Vettel was crucial - but Jenson Button looks invincible and will continue to look invincible for the rest of the season in my opinion," adds Eddie Jordan.

"One win in 150-odd races and, now, he has six out of seven in a row. What a story for Jenson Button."
BBC Sport's F1 commentator Jonathan Legard

1435: As the drivers wait to step out onto the podium, Jenson Button looks happier than a kid in a sweet shop. Mark Webber affords himself a smile but, tellingly, the normal exuberance of Sebastian Vettel is long gone. It just didn't work for him today, did it?

"Excellent result for Jenson - right on the Button - a real Turkish Delight."
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1430: Jenson Button quite literally cannot stop winning. He is the first driver to win here from outside of pole position and he tells his Brawn GP team "thank you, you have built me an absolute monster of a car, thank you". Mark Webber leads home his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, with Jarno Trulli, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica and Timo Glock - in that order - completing the points.


Lap 56: Jenson Button enters his final lap and this will be his sixth win out of seven races. The record for most wins in a season, by the way, is 13, set by Michael Schumacher in 2004. I wonder...

Lap 55: It would appear Red Bull have leaned on Sebastian Vettel a touch because the gap remains the same between him and team-mate Mark Webber and it looks like a Button-Webber-Vettel podium. Behind them, it's Trulli-Rosberg-Massa-Kubica-Glock, wih Kimi Raikkonen leading the pack outside the points. That awful pit-stop has proven a real body blow to Kazuki Nakajmi, with his Williams down in 12th.

Lap 53: Sebastian Vettel is now just 1.7 seconds off Mark Webber - are there enough laps left for him to snatch second? Timo Glock continues to stalk Robert Kubica, but the BMW driver is hanging onto seventh impressively at the moment.

"There is a lot of discussion on the Red Bull intercom and pit wall - that's either them deciding to let them go for it, or they are contemplating pulling Sebastian Vettel back. We shall see."
BBC Sport's pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz

Lap 52: I say that, below, but Sebastian Vettel is now eating up time on Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in second at a rapid pace - will they be allowed to race each other I wonder? The gap is 2.5 seconds, with Jenson Button's lead now 20.2 seconds.

Lap 51: With Jenson Button apparently easing to victory, the main battle looks to be for seventh, where BMW's Robert Kubica is battling to hold off Timo Glock's Toyota. Those two are pulling away from the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and, once again, the Finn looks set to finish outside of the points. As does, by the way, Lewis Hamilton, who, despite a fine opening stint, is back in 13th.

Lap 48: Sebastian Vettel comes in - that's his chances of race victory done and dusted - and he rejoins behind Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and his strategy, alongside that error on the first lap, has hamstrung him completely. Rubens Barrichello retires from 15th, by the way, and that's the first time this season a Brawn GP has failed to finish a race. We think it's a gearbox problem.

Lap 45: Sebastian Vettel is 6.7 seconds behind Jenson Button and he needs a miraculous run to overtake the Briton. He needs to run for five or six more laps, overtake Button, and build a lead sufficient to keep him in front after his final stop to have any chance. I can't see it happening. Mark Webber is third, 12.6 seconds behind his Red Bull team-mate. Apologies if you'd thought I'd gone backwards then, my lap numberings went awry! Press F5 and we'll pretend it never happened.

Lap 34: The news from Ted Kravitz in the pits is that Kazuki Nakajima had a disastrous stop thanks to the crew's failure to re-attach the front left tyre's covering - it costs him so much time it could well put him out of the points. Heartbreak for the amiable Williams man.

Lap 43: That, ladies and gentlemen is the race. Ross Brawn really is the master tactician. Jenson Button pits from the lead and is swiftly followed by second-placed Mark Webber. Jarno Trulli and Kazuki Nakajima also come in, from fourth and fifth respectively, and they are all fuelled to the end and on softs. Sebastian Vettel, remember, still has another stop - why didn't Red Bull switch him to a two-stopper?

Lap 42: Felipe Massa is in for his final stop - he rejoins in 10th and this is not the best day for Ferrari or the King of Turkey. The King is dead, folks, long live the king.

"The reason Alonso refused to back off Kubica before was because he knew he had to stay in touch if he was to have any chance of making this strategy work. He's just pitted and he will run to the end now on the preferable hard tyres. If he can pin the lap times he can storm through the placings."
BBC Sport's pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz

Lap 39: In comes Rubens Barrichello - he's had a miserable day, really, after an explosive start. Jenson Button is cruising to victory, here, he's 19.1 seconds clear and I think I just spotted him driving one-handed with the other arm tucked over the side of his cockpit. That's not true, but he really is that comfortable. He's just posted the fastest lap of the Grand Prix - a 1:27.579.

Lap 37: Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen might be on the same strategy in their Ferraris, but the Brazilian is currently three-10ths of a second faster a lap than his team-mate. Nothing wrong with the cars, say Ferrari, though there is a suspicion Raikkonen is not getting the most out of his Kers. Lewis Hamilton - champion last year - has just been lapped. Ouch.

Lap 35: "We need to cool your engine down, Fernando," the Renault team tell Alonso, "so if you can't pass Robert Kubica get out of his slipstream and hold off". "I cannot do that," replies the Spaniard, who is running in ninth. A word of warning - don't ever try to stop Fernando Alonso racing.

Lap 33: Good tussle between Lewis Hamilton and Nelson Piquet Jr and the Renault finally does the Briton on the outside of Turn 16, I think. Even the McLaren's Kers could not compensate for the extra fuel in Hamilton's car, there. Jenson Button, meanwhile, has stretched his lead over Mark Webber to 17.9 seconds, who himself is 8.6 seconds ahead of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Lap 33: Lewis Hamilton finally comes in and rejoins in front of Nelson Piquet Jr in 16th. He now has 26 laps on the softs - what a test that will be.

Lap 32: Nelson Piquet Jr comes in, meaning Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Bourdais are the only men out on the track yet to pit. Hamilton, by the way, has just posted the fastest time of anyone in the race for the final sector and he is up into 10th from a starting position of 16th. You can't help but admire him, because he's driving a dog of a car, he really is.

Lap 31: Jenson Button leads from Mark Webber by 15.8 seconds, with Sebastian Vettel 7.4 seconds futher back now. A word on Toyota's Timo Glock, too, who produced a hugely impressive long opening stint to move up to fifth before pitting in the last lap. That could put him well in with a chance of the points.

Lap 29: In comes Sebastian Vettel - his failure to get past Jenson Button could cost him dear - and that could also play into Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber's hands as he is now up into second. Meanwhile, here's a rare old sight - Nelson Piquet Jr is crawling all over the back of Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso. That's about as close to a 'Dear Diary' moment as the Brazilian has got this season.

Lap 27: Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who is on a two-stopper, is falling further behind the front two and he is now 14.3 seconds off the leaders. He is out on his own in third, though, with Nico Rosberg now up to fourth 26.8 seconds back, with Kazuki Nakajima having now pitted. Impressive work from the Williams.

"This is great to watch. Now we're really seeing the fight that has been brewing all season long. It's real racing."
Anthony Davidson on Five Live

Lap 25: Cracking show of defensive driving from Jenson Button, but it is still a little ragged from both him and Sebastian Vettel at the moment it has to be said, with both losing the racing line on occasion through the corners.

"This will make Sebastian Vettel a little Desperate Dan because he absolutely has to get past Jenson Button as soon as possible to make the most of his lighter car."
Martin Brundle on BBC One

Lap 23: Sebastian Vettel is firmly in Jenson Button's slipstream now - if the German can get past and build a lead, his extra-stop strategy may end up working wonders for him. Lewis Hamilton, by the way, is up to 13th now with Rubens Barrichello still down in 19th. Kazuki Nakajima, yet to stop, is still running in fourth.

Lap 22: Robert Kubica pitted in that last lap, by the way, and he is now down in 10th. He looks to be on a two-stop. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, is flying - he has clawed Jenson Button's lead back to 1.5 seconds already.

Lap 21: Hold on - could we have a race on our hands after all? Sebastian Vettel, with a far lighter car, is making tracks on Jenson Button and the Briton's lead is back to 2.4 seconds now. Vettel is on an extra-stop strategy, we think, as he tries to minimise his time on the soft tyres at the end of the race, but this could get interesting.

Lap 19: Right - the order as it stands - Button, Vettel, Kubica, Webber, Nakajima, Rosberg, Trulli, Glock. However, Robert Kubica and Kazuki Nakajima have yet to pit. Heikki Kovalainen pits his McLaren from eighth place, pushing Toyota's Timo Glock up a place.

Lap 18: In come Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg, meaning Jenson Button is back into his familiar race-lead position.

Lap 17: Jenson Button is in and out - crucially - ahead of Sebastian Vettel. He now lies third, behind Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg, and with more fuel than Vettel's Red Bull. He will have to manage his tyres, but does anybody do that better than Button? Felipe Massa also pits.

Lap 15: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel comes in from second and re-emerges in sixth - he looks still to be on a three-stop. Jarno Trulli also comes in, misses his spot, and that will cost him a couple of seconds in the pits. He rejoins in ninth behind Williams' Kazuki Nakajima.

"I had problems with braking balance [in practice] and we changed a few thing in qualifying, but it didn't change a lot. Overnight it got worse. I did a good race start but the car was a bit locked in a straight line then the brake pedal was getting longer and longer and it was risky to carry on. So the team called me into the garage."
Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella on BBC Radio Five Live

Lap 15: Felipe Massa is told his first and second sectors are fine, but that he should break less on the final corner. A driving lesson from a Ferrari engineer mid-race? That's got to be a touch insulting no?

Lap 14: A word on Nico Rosberg, who is hanging on the back of fourth-placed Jarno Trulli - the Williams is fuelled two stops longer than the Toyota and he could be in a decent position to snatch a place around lap 16.

Lap 13: Rubens Barrichello comes into the pits, which should give my fingers a rest for a bit anyway. Conversely, his Brawn GP team-mate Jenson Button is enjoying a rather lovely Sunday afternoon drive, he is cruising around with a lead of 5.6 seconds now.

Lap 11: Rubens Barrichello continues to press those in and around him - earning praise from his race engineer - but the Brazilian reports back that "it is going to be tough, I have no seventh gear". He then gets involved in a tangle with Adrian Sutil's Force India, losing a part of his front wing on the back straight - I think I should just rename this commentary 'Barrichello-watch', shouldn't I?

Lap 10: All the action at the moment involves Rubens Barrichello, the Brazilian so much faster than his rivals back in the pack, he is storming through placings. He's past Nelson Piquet Jr now. Sebastian Vettel is stretching his lead over Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, so any advantage the Australian has on fuel-loads may be negated there.

Lap nine: Rubens Barrichello - you can almost see his rage through the helmet - passes Lewis Hamilton and he's up to 16th. Jenson Button leads by 3.7 seconds.

Lap eight: Tremendous action as Rubens Barrichello gets past Heikki Kovalainen on Turn Nine, before the McLaren retakes position courtesy of his Kers on the straight. The Brazilian desperately tries to get back past on Turn 16 but its too close a manouevre, the pair touch wheels, and Barrichello spins before getting back running in 17th. Giancarlo Fisichella has retired - he must loathe this track, he really must.

Lap six: Jenson Button is almost three seconds ahead already, with Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli backed up at three-second intervals behind. Williams driver Nico Rosberg steals position, though, and he is up ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa, with Kimi Raikkonen slipping down the leadboard thanks to a lack of grip on his tyres, by the look of things.

"Let's see what Red Bull can do with their strategy - the answer is probably not a lot. They may look to switch Sebastian Vettel onto a two-stop strategy, but the Brawn GPs are a lot faster anyway. That was a costly error from Vettel."
BBC Sport's pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz

Lap four: Replays showed Rubens Barrichello stalled off the line - disastrous start for the Brazilian Brawn GP - but he is doing his best to battle his way back up the leaderboard. Jenson Button is more than two seconds clear already after posting a fastest lap of 1:28.694 - he's lapping half a second faster than anyone. Problems already for Giancarlo Fisichella as the Force India pits - he did at least make it through Turn One unscathed, though, the first time he's done that for four years I think?

Lap two: A catch up of events further back, then - Jarno Trulli passed Mark Webber off the line, but the Australian regained position later in the lap and the Red Bull sits third. Felipe Massa is up to fifth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, with Fernando Alonso - who has problems with his right rear tyre apparently - seventh. Lewis Hamilton has dropped a place into 17th, but Rubens Barrichello is up a place into 12th. Jenson Button is streaking away at the front.

Lap one: Sensational! Just as Sebastian Vettel looks to be hanging on, Jenson Button streaks past the German to take the lead on the exit of Turn Nine after Vettel goes onto the grass - error from the Red Bull driver, there, and that could prove absolutely crucial.

Lap one: A shocker from Rubens Barrichello! The Brazilian Brawn GP starts in third but drops way back in the field, possibly as low as 13th. Sebastian Vettel holds onto his lead ahead of Jenson Button, for now at least, though...

1304: We're are go go go...

1301: The warm-up lap is completed and we're about to get started. I'm tipping this anti-clockwise track to prove the ultimate test yet this season, with Jenson Button emerging victorious again. But then, I'm yet to tip a winner this season so don't make any bets on my say-so!

"I truly hope this race lives up to expectations. It looks to be an absolute thriller if everyone gets cleanly through Turn one! Can't wait!"
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1259: We're just moments away from race-time now and, as Jake Humphrey says: "A 58-lap race, and yet it could be the first 58 metres that decides the outcome." Don't miss the flag folks, it could be an explosive opening. By the way, the word is that Sebastian Vettel is on a three-stop strategy...

1256: Talking of Lewis Hamilton, our girl on the scene Sarah Holt has been blogging on the Briton. You have a few minutes to check it out before the start, get involved.
Hamilton releases the pressure

"32 laps of fuel for Lewis? His tyres wont last that long."
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1253: And here's some more fuel chat - Lewis Hamilton is fuelled until lap 32 and looks to be on a one-stopper from 16th. "It'll be a fun day, we'll push as hard as we can, and if we can even get one point it'll be a special achievement. Good luck to those drivers at the front," says the magnanimous Brit. What a difference a year makes.

1250: I posted it earlier, but with 10 minutes until race time, let's remind ourselves of the fuel-adjusted grid. It goes Button-Vettel-Webber-Barrichello. This could be a flying start.
BBC Sport's fuel-adjusted Turkish GP grid

"Jenson just looks cool as a cucumber. You wouldn't think this was the guy running away with the Drivers' Championship."
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1244: David Coulthard and Martin Brundle are working the pits - love this bit - and they grab Red Bull boss Christian Horner: "The boy [Vettel] is pretty good in the dry. We know we are a lap or two shorter than the Brawns but he's just got to get his head down. We are always creative on strategy." Coulthard then spies an opportunity to grab model Naomi Campbell for a kiss - and why not - before Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button both reveal to the BBC pair they will have a pre-race toilet stop. Nice. Felipe Massa, looking Kool and the Gang again, it has to be said, says he hopes his Ferrari is "better in the race than qualifying". DC and MB rule the pit lane.

"It has been a dramatic day in Istanbul. First of all, a large black and white spider caused an upset at BBC HQ before a technical man saw it off. This was followed by a colleague's sandal flying up the paddock in an attempt to dislodge a dragonfly. Chasing the "will they, won't they be on the grid" rumours up in the paddock was next before running back to TV HQ where the team were being serenaded by a pack of Turkish zurna- (a bit like a big kazoo) players dressed in traditional military dress. There may only be an estimated 11,000 fans here but let no-one say the Turkish Grand Prix is boring. I'm going for a lie down (no, not really)."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Istanbul Park

1234: Moments before BBC presenter Jake Humphrey is saved from walking directly in front of a Toyota ripping through the pit lane by a cameraman - that fella is owed a pint by the big man later, I'd say - Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali tells BBC One that he is keen to resolve the current dispute with the FIA over next year's technical and budgetary changes. "We're working very hard to find a solution, but we have a responsibility to make sure the history of Formula 1 is preserved as well. We love F1, there's no change there."

"I'm looking forward to a cracking start to the race - we should hopefully see a good battle between Button and Vettel off the line, and right up until the first fuel stop. I then expect everything to settle down and Button to win quite comfortably."
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"Tyre management will be a key issue in today's race, with the hard and soft options available in Turkey. The soft tyre is proving very difficult to handle as it is struggling for grip and its performance drops off rapidly - so deciding when to run on the softs could be a bit of a gamble. Jenson Button, who lines up alongside pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel on the front row, has been complaining about tyre wear. But what's in his favour is that he is so much better at managing his tyres than Vettel - remember in Monaco, the Red Bull driver lost ground on the first stint when his tyres lost performance badly."
BBC Sport's F1 commentator Jonathan Legard

"I'm sure that Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard have a competition to see who can wear the tightest trousers each race!"
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"I reckon that Jarno Trulli could be in front at the end of the first lap, he's on the clean side of the grid and the Brawns and Red Bulls usually have poor starts. Of course, this is Trulli, so he could go backwards as well..."
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1222: Talking of David Coulthard, why not check out his thoughts on today's race? The Scot says: "This is going to be the closest race of the year strategically as the teams are so evenly matched in terms of the fuel they have on board."
David Coulthard column

"Vettel to win, but I'm more interested in how Kubica goes. He's fuelled a couple of laps longer so let's see how his tactics work out!"
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1216: Our BBC One coverage kicks off with a chat between Jake Humphrey, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan about just what the other teams can do to catch Brawn GP. Coulthard points out that, without in-season testing, if you start a season in bad shape it's nigh-on impossible to claw back any advantages through the campaign. Still, this Istanbul Park could lend itself to an upset today - not only is Vettel on pole, with Rubens Barrichello on the 'cleaner' inside-line in third as well, but this track more than most lends itself to overtaking with high-speed corners and plenty of attacking straights. This is far from a cake-walk for Button...
Drivers' necks on the line

"I'm in the stand at Turkey and the rumour of protest is still going round like a Mexican wave."
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1210: Coverage on BBC One and on this very website has now started folks. Air-guitar-tastic.

"Another paddock rumour is that Fernando Alonso has just landed Val Doonican's autograph, so I fully expect an extremely proud FA to repay Val by winning the Turkish Grand Prix today. Go Fernaybaby."
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1206: Well, what an ultimately unnecessary palaver that was! Still, at least we can get on with the real business of today's race. I got in the mood this morning by watching Claude Lelouch's short film "Rendezvous in Paris", for which he mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, rumoured to be a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris early in the morning. It's quite unnerving to say the least - sensational, though. Anyway, if you guys give this page a cheeky manual refresh you'll see our TV coverage magically appear at the top of the page. Lovely.

"I was hoping the protest was going to go ahead - it would have been hilarious to see a Force India car guaranteed a podium if he only finished the race. I wonder how the commentators would liven up that race."
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1158: Panic over people! BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Istanbul Park reports: "It looks like it will be business as usual at the Turkish Grand Prix. The paddock from top to bottom was swarming with rumours about the eight remaining F1 team association members - basically all the teams except Williams and Force India - not racing in Istanbul. But Ferrari have dismissed the rumours as "rubbish" while McLaren say "there's not a grain of truth in it." Apparently, Nico Rosberg's odds shortened drastically but looks like those bets might be a bit misplaced...unless the Williams driver can power his way to the front from ninth on the grid." Deep breaths everyone, we're on schedule...

"If a protest goes ahead today, I will stop watching F1 forever, its beyond a joke."
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1153: And if you're interested in checking out pictures of the Fota meeting this morning - you might be interested to see who has vegamite on their toast and who has Wheatbix dipped in jam - check out our photo gallery from today's action. It's a beauty.
Turkish GP raceday photos

1149: Fear not, of course, people - we are trying to get to the bottom of this Fota pull-out rumour. Just a reminder, at Indianapolis in 2005 (see 1142) just six cars took part in the race after a mass withdrawal over safety concerns about the Michelin tyre. It won't come to that today, though, surely? Only yesterday Renault boss Flavio Briatore was claming fears of a mass walk-out. That said, Fota vice-president John Howett of Toyota has always maintained hard-line action may be the only way forward. I've said it approximately 635 times before, and I'll say it again - Formula 1 NEVER gets boring.
F1 stars back teams in budget row
Briatore calms F1 walk-out threat

"This is Jenson's year he deserves it and I believe he will win today. Largely due to the Master engineer & strategist Ross Brawn!"
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1142: Now then, here's a jab in the eye to anyone claiming this season is getting boring - guess what the latest chat from the rumour mill at Istanbul Park is? The gossip in Turkey, says our F1 Mole, is that all the teams represented by Fota (the Formula 1 Teams' Association) will NOT race today in protest at plans by the sport's governing body to introduce technical and budgetary restrictions from next season. This is just a rumour, I must emphasise that, but we do know the Fota teams all had a meeting this morning and, should the threat prove real, only Williams and Force India will race today. Could this be Indianapolis 2005 all over again?
Schumacher claims farcical US win

"C'mon Vettel and the Ferraris! I like Button but I don't want the drivers' championship to be over half way through the season..."
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1136: As always, I crave your best Formula 1 chat like a pregnant lady craves gerkins dipped in mayonnaise. Get involved on 606 or via the medium of your mobile phones via text on 81111 and I'll see if I can't make you web famous for 15 minutes. Nice one.
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1134: So could this be the race that throws the cat firmly amongst the pigeons? All four winners at Istanbul Park have started on pole in previous years - and today that honour befalls Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, not Jenson Button. We now know from the fuel loads, though, that the Briton remains the fastest man on the track and, given he is heavier by two laps than his German rival, strategically the Brawn GP driver could have an advantage. Button is due to pit on lap 17, alongside Red Bull's Mark Webber, with Vettel 15 - a lap earlier than Button's team-mate Rubens Barrichello. And then there's Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa to consider, as well as Toyota's Jarno Trulli. This race might just prove a right royal tear-up.
BBC Sport's fuel-adjusted Turkish GP grid

1130: Six races down, five wins to Jenson Button, and already some folks are suggesting this season is in danger of becoming boring. The teams at the top of the time-charts may have changed, but the prospect of one man winning race in, race out, has led some to argue some of the joie-de-vivre has been sucked out of the sport in much the same way as when Michael Schumacher was dominating in his Ferrari in the early '00s. You know what? Those naysayers reckon without Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli, Kimi Raikkonen et al, says me...

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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
Brilliant Button on top in Turkey
07 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Race photos
07 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Vettel beats Button to grab pole
06 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP qualifying as it happened
06 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP qualifying photos
06 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Kovalainen tops Turkey practice
05 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Turkey GP practice as it happened
05 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP practice photos
05 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
Briatore calms F1 walk-out threat
05 Jun 09 |  Formula 1
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