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Turkish GP qualifying as it happened

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By Mark Orlovac

1327: Time to sign off for today. Thanks very much for all your messages, sorry I couldn't use them all. That was another impressive qualifying performance from Red Bull, who have now made it seven out of seven poles this season. It is the best run of poles since McLaren's nine in a row in 1998. Will Webber make it three wins out of three tomorrow or can Lewis Hamilton repeat Jenson Button's feat of last year in winning from second on the grid? I'll see you tomorrow from around 1130 BST to take you through it. You'd be a fool to miss out. Until then...

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn: "Both Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were solid. Regarding the cars, we're making progress but so are the other teams."

1324: Schumacher will be able to change tyres before the start of the race as the ones he destroyed in that spin were not the ones he used to set his qualifying time.

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simply_complicated on 606: "Well for sure Lewis will be under a lot of pressure from Turn One. He needs to be at his aggressive best to maintain his position. Whether he would be able to overtake Webber is doubtful. He can consider himself victorious if he keeps Vettel away and ends up second."

Red Bull's Mark Webber: "It hasn't been the smoothest of weekends for us in terms of getting the running in. Getting ready for qually things started to get a little bit better. I was little bit on the back foot going in to be honest but I knew if I dug deep it could be OK. And it worked out for us. I'm a little bit more confident for tomorrow to be honest."

McLaren driver Jenson Button: "Fourth is not too bad but the last lap was frustrating. Being the last car is sometimes a good thing but there's more chance of someone going off ahead and Michael Schumacher went off in front me, I saw the yellow flag and decided to come in. We are a lot closer to Red Bull than I expected. My biggest problem is Turn Eight and I think we've run the car too low. We'll have a lot of fuel on board for tomorrow so it will be tough on Turn Eight."

Anon via text: "Hamilton on the front row!! Fantastic!! Should be a brilliant race tomorrow!!"

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali: "For sure the performance in qualifying was not up to our standard. We don't know why and we need to understand. For sure we were expecting much more performance."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso said he did not think his error cost him his place in the top 10: "I pushed very hard in that lap. Anyway I was slower than my fastest lap. I knew it was not enough. I don't think that moment cost me a place in Q3. I did three laps in mainly in the same time and I think the pace was not there."

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supremeboxingskills on 606: "Well done Webber, he does the business yet again and well done Lewis for bettering Vettel."

1305: Vettel and Button are on the second row. Schumacher is fifth fastest. The Mercedes driver had a big spin at Turn Eight at the very end of Q3 and ended up stuck in the gravel. The rest of the top 10 looks like this: Rosberg, Kubica, Massa, Petrov and Kobayashi.

1303: Strewth! He's only gone and done it. Webber makes it three poles in a row. Hamilton is second - that's the first time McLaren have made the front row this season.

MARK WEBBER ON POLE FOR TURKISH GP

1301: Not enough is the answer. He can only manage a 1:26.433.

1300: Webber sets a 1:26.295 - two tenths quicker than his previous best. What has Hamilton got?

1259: Webber on the charge, so is Hamilton - the McLaren driver is quicker in the first sector.

1257: Two minutes left. Will Hamilton split those Red Bulls? All 10 cars are out on the track, things are about to get busy.

Hispania driver Bruno Senna: "It was a good qualifying. We have been working on the car set-up this weekend and finally the car is giving me some confidence. Since Monaco, when we changed the floor, it is giving me the confidence to push hard and we did a good lap time."

1254: Bang. Mark Webber tops the list with a 1:26.510. Button is fourth then it's Schumacher, Rosberg, Kubica, Massa, Petrov and Kobayashi.

1253: Hamilton sets the first quickest time - it's a 1:26.542. Kubica has a 1:27.039 on the board - only two times posted so far.

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LordProsperity on 606: "Massa has got a good chance to show why he is called 'Master of Turkey'."

1250: This is the first time Petrov has taken part in Q3 by the way. Renault team-mate Kubica is the first man out as it begins. Red Bull front row anyone?

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Michael Schumacher has gone better with the long wheelbase car. Michael will be more demanding when it comes to stating what he wants from the team. Nico Rosberg will need to jump up and down to get what he wants."

1245: At the top it finished Vettel (1:26.729), Webber (1:26.818), Hamilton (1:27.013), Rosberg (1:27.141), Massa (1:27.200), Button (1:27.277), Petrov (1:27.387), Kubica (1:27.426), Kobayashi (1:27.434) and Schumacher (1:27.438).

1243: Big blow for Alonso. The drivers doing a Portsmouth are Sutil, Alonso, De la Rosa, Buemi, Barrichello, Alguersuari and Hulkenberg.

1242:... and Alonso doesn't make it.

1239: Schumacher out on the soft tyres and he improves to fifth with a 1:27.438. He drops down though as Massa sets a 1:27.200 to go fourth. Alonso goes all wobbly after going on to the white line coming down to Turn 12. He needs a big lap now to make Q3.

Pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Red Bull's new parts arrived for qualifying, to be specific the rear wing end-plates in order to offset the fact they are not going to run the F-duct."

1237: In the drop zone at the moment are Alonso, Rosberg, Pedro de la Rosa, Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg. Five minutes remaining.

1233: Vettel, on the hard tyres, is fastest with a 1:26.925. I didn't see the tyres Hamilton was using when he set his time, sorry. Button up to fourth with a 1:27.427.

1232: Hamilton out of the blocks quickly, he sets a 1:27.013. Webber, Vettel, Kubica and Schumacher complete the top five.

1227: We are go for Q2.

1226: Big moment for Hispania. This is the first time an Hispania car has out-qualified anybody, on merit, this season. Just by way of comparison, in Spain, the fastest Hispania was nearly 1.3 seconds off the fastest Virgin. Here, that gap is around half a second.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "One man who will be happy with Tonio Liuzzi's failure is Force India test driver Paul di Resta who will fancy jumping in that car."

1220: Liuzzi does not make it. David Coulthard says if he does not up his game he might not be with Force India at the end of the season. Team-mate Adrian Sutil ended up in 10th. Eddie Jordan does not believe changing the line-up in a team during a season is a good decision. We'll see. The drivers dropping out are Liuzzi, Trulli, Kovalainen, Glock, Senna, Di Grassi and Chandhok.

1219: Petrov is up to fourth with a 1:27.620. It doesn't look good for Liuzzi.

1218: No change at the top. All the battles are currently going on at the other end. Liuzzi is under pressure, one last lap for him to make Q2. Alonso and Massa are in ninth and 10th by the way.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "The Red Bull cars are quick in high speed but don't look good in slow corners - they look like they don't want to change direction."

1214: In the drop zone it's Vitantonio Liuzzi, Trulli, Kovalainen, Glock, Senna, Di Grassi and Karun Chandhok. Note there that Senna's Hispania is ahead of Di Grassi's Virgin Racing car. For now.

1212: Up pops Webber with a 1:27.500 but hang on, here's Vettel again. And he is quickest with a 1:27.067. Have that. After those two it's Button, Rosberg, Hamilton, Schumacher, Alonso, Kubica, Massa and Petrov.

1210: The first fast lap for Vettel, on the harder tyres, and he moves up to third with a 1:27.685.

1208: BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says Adrian Sutil will not running his team's version of the 'F-duct' this weekend as he missed out on third practice today and was not happy with the handling and how to use it. Team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi has it on his car, however.

1207: Jenson Button beats that with a 1:27.780. McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton goes second with a 1:27.881. Vettel yet to go out. Alonso third, Massa fourth (1:28.267).

1205: Fernando Alonso, on the hard tyres, sets an early marker of 1:28.172.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "It's closer than many expected here. The track is bumpy because it has been such a tough winter. Red Bull have the advantage but can the drivers deliver the lap? Some of the teams may try to qualify on the harder tyre."

1203: There's few times on the board. Lotus driver Jarno Trulli sets a 1:33.722. Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen posts a 1:31.955.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "I think Alonso could be a bit of a dark horse this weekend. We've not seen him at the top of the timesheets but he did a long run on Friday and it was very competitive. I think he could be there or thereabouts on race day."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on the future of chief technical officer Adrian Newey: "He's happy at Red Bull and we enjoy having him here. He's often said: 'I don't want to work for another team in F1.' There's a few years left in the old dog yet."

1200: Green light. We are off.

1157: The final moments now before the fun begins. Here's a reminder of how it all works. All 24 drivers go in the 20-minute Q1, with the slowest seven drivers dropping out. The 17 remaining drivers then take part in Q2 for 15 minutes, with another seven knocked out. It's a bit like a high-speed musical chairs. The final 10 drivers then go in the 10-minute Q1 shoot-out. Gentlemen, start your engines.

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1155: We are getting some pictures of Hamilton and his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. I fear that this might be the only time I get this graphic out this weekend. Bad times. I want 'A' list, someone like Les Dennis or one of the ladies off Loose Women. I can only dream.

1151: Nine minutes to go. This might be a good time to pass on a great stat I read this week. Alonso and Massa will be trying to win Ferrari's first pole since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. That is a run of 23 races, their worst since a 59-race sequence from 1990-94.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "The cars have been performing well on slow and fast tracks. This circuit has one of the fastest corners in F1 but it's testimony to the drivers that they have been going flat out through Turn Eight. But the long straight up the hill is our Achilles' heel - we are as much as 30bhp down on the benchmark in F1."

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BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie on Twitter: "Christian Horner tells BBC that some new parts are being delivered for Webber's Red Bull in the next five minutes."

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IanSmithF1 on Twitter: "Could we lose one of the big boys at Turn Eight today? Practice sessions caught out nearly all of them at some stage."

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Anon via text: "I propose that Schumacher and Massa should swap teams for one race! Then we would get to see whether it is Mercedes that have a poor car, or if it is Schumacher who has lost his touch."

1141: Red Bull boss Christian Horner is interviewed outside the team's garage just as the engines are fired up inside. It sounds like an airport. Eddie Jordan asks a question but Horner admits "I didn't hear a word of that, but it probably doesn't make any difference". Jordan believesRed Bull are four-tenths of a second quicker than any other car through Turn Eight. If true, that's pretty frightening.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "Interesting in third practice to see Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap for Red Bull despite a trip into the gravel on the previous lap. That must have affected his tyres but he still managed to overhaul Lewis Hamilton's McLaren. Red Bull might be worried about the number of wobbles both their drivers had in final practice, including a suspected hydraulic problem for Mark Webber, but they weren't the only team to suffer the odd blip. Hamilton hit the gravel through Turn Eight and he came back in a patched-up McLaren to briefly hold top spot. If we see some more wobbles during qualifying, the battle for pole could be very interesting."

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Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi on Twitter: "Getting ready for qualy. Some engine power issues this morning so I hope everything is OK now."

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn: "This is a fast track but there's only one fast corner and that's at Turn Eight. The rest of it is slow and medium-speed corners, and we're all right there. What's tricky is getting the tyres exactly right. In final practice, Nico Rosberg didn't manage that on his first lap but did on his third."

1133: There's plenty of other live sport going on around the BBC today. There's the French Open tennis while England are taking on Bangladesh in the cricket. Take a look, but make sure you come back quickly. Lovely job.

1128: Just in case you've missed the news, Seb Vettel has changed his chassis after a defect was found on the one he used in Monaco. The old one was called 'Luscious Liz' while the new one has been christened 'Randy Mandy'. Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi has revealed that his vehicle is called 'Fat Veronica'. I'm getting worried about where all this is heading to be honest.

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Anon via text: "Forget Eddie Jordan's trousers, Coulthard definitely needs to bring back those tasty white jeans from Monaco ;-)."
Mrs Orlovac, I've told you to stop texting me at work.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "Pirelli has emerged as the favourite to succeed Bridgestone as F1's tyre supplier from next season. The Italian company was late in tabling a proposal alongside Cooper Avon and Michelin but the teams are now said to be close to signing a deal which would see them return to F1 after nearly 20 years away. Williams are understood to be stalling on putting pen to paper and McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh, the chairman of the teams' association Fota, said: 'No deal has been signed but we're talking to Pirelli at the moment. They look like favourites.' On whether the deal would be done in Turkey, he added: 'I doubt it but before we get to the next race (in Canada in two weeks' time) we need to.' The teams are understood to be working to Pirelli's tyre specification as they push on with the design for their 2011 cars. A switch to Pirelli was initially thought to involve the introduction of 18-inch wheel rims but that is now said to be put on hold until 2013 in favour of the 13-inch wheels currently used."

1119: One of the major talking points from the Monaco Grand Prix was Michael Schumacher's cheeky overtake of Fernando Alonso on the last lap when it was not allowed. The Mercedes driver was penalised 20 seconds - which dropped him down to 12th - and it certainly caused a lot of debate. For his part, Schumacher is moving on, although he admits he did enjoy the move.

Jingles_123 on Twitter: "Disappointed with the Ferrari in recent weeks... surprise pole for Alonso today?"

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RidRed on 606: "Following the reference to Mick Hucknall, I found out the news. Can I just say, Mick Hucknall to the Faces? That's just wrong, so very, very wrong."
Don't get me started.

1114: David Coulthard reveals that he had talks with Ferrari before he joined McLaren. However, the team said that Michael Schumacher would always be given preference and Coulthard turned it down.

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rm4rml on Twitter: "Turn Eight to be vital. Button for pole, Schumacher with 'banzai' run to get second. Red Bull third and fourth."

1108: There's a nice piece being shown at the moment on Ferrari as this is their 800th F1 world championship race. The feature shows BBC analyst Martin Brundle driving very fast around their Fiorano test track at their Maranello base. Jealous? Yep.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "It wouldn't be hugely accurate to say that Istanbul Park is filling up before qualifying as this is one of the races notorious for its lack of crowds. But there is a modest milling crowd in the fans' zone and seats are being taken in the grandstands as the sun is set to shine for the pole battle. A few familiar faces popped up in the paddock as Ari Vatanan, Jean Todt's rival in last year's FIA presidential election, was engaged in discussion at McLaren and British ex-F1 racer Johnny Herbert scurried into FIA HQ as he readies himself for his role as a race steward. The glam factor should be upped when Lewis Hamilton's pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger arrives to support her man, something he says he's looking forward to."

1104: There's a big debate going on in the office about whether those trousers are in fact rust. I'll let you decide, fashion is not my strong point. Just ask my wife.

1100: TV coverage has begun. I've had a quick preview of Eddie Jordan's outfit by the way, and he's got on a snazzy pair of copper-coloured slacks. My colleague suggests I should mention "radiator pipes" to give you an idea of the colour.

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Hispania driver Bruno Senna on Twitter: "Another good session for me personally. Fine tuning what we have... still tricky here on the bumps but I'm pleased with the work so far."

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BarryJ via text: "Prediction for qualifying: pole between Vettel and Hamilton, Webber then Alonso, Schuey, Rosberg, Button, Kubica. I wouldn't bet against a Hamilton victory here, he's looked fast throughout the previous sessions."

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The best a man can get?
1052: We all know that the life of an F1 television pundit is very glamorous but there are times when you have to make do without the luxuries normally expected. BBC F1 presenter Jake Humphrey has kindly posted this photo on his Twitter feed of David Coulthard preparing for broadcast to highlight the problems they have to encounter.

1049: Force India report that Adrian Sutil, who had major issues in third practice, will be out again for qualifying. "The problem has been identified as a hydraulic leak and work continues to rectify for quali," they say.

Geoff in Malta via text: "Ferrari one-two with Schumacher getting his first podium of 2010."

1043: Ready for a bit of qualifying then? It's worth mentioning that it is pretty important to claim pole here at Istanbul Park with only one driver in the race's history managing to win the race when not on pole. That was Jenson Button last year. Just a reminder that coverage starts on BBC One at 1100 BST.

1042: And we're back. Where have you been?

1022: Right, I'm going to take a little break before the fun and games of qualifying get going. Meet you back here in let's say 20 minutes. That will give you time to get in all your predictions. Don't let me down now.

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Kumaran, London via text: "I can see Massa doing so bad, Schumi replacing him to regain the helm at Ferrari and Vettel going to Mercedes. Likely? You never know with Michael."

Dolph7800 on Twitter: "Think Massa may sneak a podium tomorrow, and hoping for an Incredible Hulk performance too!"

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Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Massa slowed down in front of Heikki twice during the run. One law for him and a different one for everyone else apparently."

1011: Before you go to the kitchen to start cooking breakfast, here's a quick reminder of where you can catch qualifying. Coverage starts at 1100 BST on BBC One with Jake Humphrey and the crew. I'm very much looking forward to seeing Eddie Jordan's footwear, while you can also listen to the action on BBC Radio 5 live from 1200 BST.

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Virgin Racing on Twitter: "Not a bad session, clearly improvements made overnight and we can be pleased with progress."

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Ferrari on Twitter: "Turn Eight looks very tricky, several drivers spun there and destroyed the tyres, as happened to Felipe yesterday."

1004: Session over. Crikey, that was entertaining. Is anyone going to stop those Red Bulls? And how good is that Turn Eight?

1000: ... and then Webber spins at Turn Eight. Petrov then goes wide at the same corner. They're all over the show. Goodness me qualifying is going to be fun. Vettel sets the quickest time of 1:27.086 right at the death, Rosberg is second with a 1:27.359. Then it's Hamilton, Webber, Kubica, Alonso, Schumacher, Button, Massa and Petrov.

0958: Nico Rosberg in his yellow marigold gloves goes fourth quickest with a 1:27.753. Vettel goes well wide at Turn Eight but he stays on the concrete.

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Anon via text: "Just had a training course where the trainer was Italian. Interestingly he and his friends back in Milan want Hamilton to replace Massa as soon as possible."

0955: And Hamilton goes top with a 1:27.396. They're pretty tough these boys aren't they? Webber goes wide at Turn One but he rescues the car and carries on.

0952: Alonso gets a bit scrappy through Turn 10 and he'll have lost a bit of time there. Hamilton is back out on the softer tyre.

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Jonathan in Southend via text: "Just watched Webber pull 4g with ease through Turn Eight, how mighty is that Red Bull?!"

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Ferrari on Twitter: "Fernando [Alonso] is ready to go out for a run on soft tyres."

0947: Webber improves to a 1:27.553 - just 0.071 seconds behind his team-mate's quickest time.

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musabbirmajeed on Twitter: "I'm predicting Schumacher to qualify in the top three... fingers crossed."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "Lewis Hamilton's trip off the track through Turn Eight shows just how testing the corner is. The drivers can push through there at up to 160mph despite intense G-forces. Hamilton's McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh explains: 'It's such a long corner that the cars are in there for six or seven seconds, which to a racing driver feels like half a month. Psychologically, if you're not as quick as you want to be through Turn Eight you want to do something about it and we still have some work to do through there. Down the straights the driver is doing everything he can, from putting his foot hard on the throttle to ducking his head to try and get down the straight, but when you get round the corner it's difficult.'"

0942: Webber is back in the groove, setting a 1:27.807 to go second quickest. Then it is Hamilton, Alonso, Schumacher, Button, Kubica, Massa, Rosberg and Petrov.

0938: Webber back out now and he sets a 1:29.376 on his first timed lap. Sutil's car is up on the jacks, it's a hydraulics pressure issue and BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says it is unlikely he will make the rest of the session. Kovalainen, meanwhile, is back out after Lotus fix what they call a "sensor problem in the gearbox".

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Louis via text: "Alonso to win, always consistent and has had a few strokes of bad luck, let's hope he keeps both hands on the wheel though."

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Jason, Walsall via text: "Reliability gremlins seem to creeping in again this weekend for Red Bull, with Vettel's hose being replaced and Webber's engine problem in second practice. Could this be Red Bull's nemesis this season?"

0932: Webber's engine cover is going back on and he should be out soon. McLaren's Jenson Button sets the fifth quickest time of 1:28.167. Hamilton is now back in the pits, BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says there may be a bit of damage to the rear diffuser.

0929: Big moment for Lewis Hamilton. He goes a little wide at - you've guessed it - Turn Eight, and has a massive spin. His McLaren ends up in the gravel but he does get out. As he trundles back to the pits, bits of rubber are flapping on the rear right tyre. He's destroyed them.

0927: Just to compound Webber's misery, Vettel sets the quickest time of 1:27.482 while Hamilton goes second with a 1:27.827. Holly Samos reports that Red Bull are still working on Webber's car. Apparently they know what the problem is and are desperately trying to get him out.

0925: The times are a-tumbling now. Fernando Alonso goes quickest with a 1:27.866, then it is Vettel (1:28.011), Hamilton (1:28.103), Michael Schumacher (1:28.295) and Nico Rosberg (1:28.851).

0921: Times time. Renault's Robert Kubica is top at the moment with a 1:29.482. He is followed by the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari, Vettel, Sebastien Buemi, Virgin Racing's Timo Glock and Hispania's Bruno Senna.

0917: More worries for the Red Bull of Mark Webber. On the back of his engine problems yesterday, he is now limping around the track. His team tell him that there is no response from the throttle to the engine and that he has to come back to the pits on idle. He is going very, very slowly.

0915: BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos reports that the new front wing Renault introduced this week was not used by Russian Vitaly Petrov yesterday. Have no fear though, he's got it on today.

0913: It's gone a bit quiet on the track at the moment. No worries though, Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi is out on the harder tyres.

payntrix on Twitter: "Fernando Alonso for pole to break the Red Bull dominance. He was dominant in Monaco and hopefully he'll bring that to Turkey."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner talking about the F-duct: "It's much too immature to introduce it here. We know we have a good car but we do not want to compromise the car by rushing through new technology. It is the last sector that is a problem. We are giving away about two tenths just on the straight."

0906: What happened yesterday in the opening two practice sessions? Well, Jenson Button didn't seem too concerned about his split with Jessica Michibata by posting the quickest time of the day in second practice, a 1:28.280. The two other fastest times were set by Webber and Vettel. The notorious triple apex Turn Eight was as difficult as a green at Augusta National, with Sutil having a nasty smash late on in the first session. Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who won in Turkey three years on the trot between 2006 and 2008, went wide at the corner three times while BMW Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, Renault's Vitaly Petrov and Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi also had problems. There was also the comical moment when Webber lost it with a couple of the marshals after his engine decided to call it a day in the second session.

0903: There's more problems - this time the Force India of Adrian Sutil is struggling to get home. He stops in the pit lane and the team's mechanics have to run down to bring him back to the garage.

BBC 5 live pundit Anthony Davidson: "With the track temperature lower than yesterday, we expect the conditions to suit the Red Bulls a bit better."

0900: And we are go for the final 60 minutes of practice. Oh dear. Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen already has a problem. He is stuck in third gear and is just coasting around the track.

0855: Coverage of third practice has now started on the Red Button and in the stream at the top of this page. It looks pretty overcast and look, there's some fans. Goody.

0852: Newey is deservedly revered in F1 circles for the way he designs winning cars but he may not be so good at driving them. Have a look at a wonderful story of him crashing, as told by Red Bull boss Christian Horner, as well as other bits of tasty gossip from the world of F1.

TheTomStacey on Twitter: "I've got my faith in a McLaren pole, c'mon Lewis!"

0847: As dominant as Marco Pierre White in a restaurant kitchen, Red Bull are the ones who have bossed qualifying so far this season. They have claimed six poles from the opening six races of the campaign, shared equally between Webber and Vettel. Webber has gone on to win two races, with Vettel just the one, and the Australian - who leads the driver standings - has begun to overshadow his colleague. BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard has filed a blog on the internal battle at the team - take a look, it's a good read.

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BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "Again, I don't want to spoil the surprise but I think Eddie Jordan will be sporting some interesting footwear when qualifying hits the BBC at 1100 BST."

0840: So what do you think the prospects are for today? Can anyone catch the Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull bullets driven by Webber and Sebastian Vettel? Will I be able to get through today without mentioning Mick Hucknall or fried breakfasts? Doh! Anyway here's the details of how you can have your say. Use Twitter, 606 (after 0900 BST) or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message. Over to you.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "Morning, overcast skies have greeted us at Istanbul Park and the weather chart in the media centre has a tick in the 'chance of rain' box, but it's still a pretty warm 23C and my best guess is that it'll stay dry. The drivers began trickling into the paddock at 0945, filing past triple world champion Niki Lauda, who was hanging out at Mercedes. Felipe Massa was in a chipper mood, despite failing to live up to his reputation as a three-time winner on this track during Friday practice. 'We have to improve the car still further to be competitive,' the Ferrari driver said. 'McLaren and Red Bull seem very strong here.' Third practice, as always, should provide some more clues to form."

0834: Morning all. Ready for another intriguing day of practice and qualifying from Turkey? Do I really need to ask? Here's the plan for today, third and final and practice begins at 0900 BST before qualifying gets under way at 1200 BST. I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest that Red Bull might get pole. With me?

0830: The last man to secure three F1 poles in a row was Felipe Massa in 2007. The last Australian to record that feat was Jack Brabham in 1960. This is what Red Bull's Mark Webber will be trying to emulate at Istanbul Park later on. Now I don't know about you, but I feel the hand of history upon my shoulders.



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Position Driver Team

Third practice underway

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

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Webber storms to Turkish GP pole
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Highlights - Turkish GP qualifying
29 May 10 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP qualifying photos
29 May 10 |  Formula 1
Turkish Grand Prix practice results
24 Feb 10 |  Results
Highlights - Turkish GP practice two
28 May 10 |  Formula 1
Highlights - Turkish GP practice one
28 May 10 |  Formula 1
Saturday's F1 gossip column
29 May 10 |  Formula 1
Button edges Webber in practice
28 May 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull out on own - Schumacher
27 May 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari set to hold on to Massa
27 May 10 |  Formula 1
Webber will stay on, say Red Bull
27 May 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull can be beaten - McLaren
26 May 10 |  Formula 1


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