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Turkish Grand Prix as it happened


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By David Ornstein

1) Alonso 18.4%
2) Vettel 17.9%
3) Kobayashi 17.2%

1535: It was another memorable weekend for Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel, the reigning world champion extending his lead atop the drivers' standings to 34 points. Next stop, the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona from 20-22 May. We'll see you then.

1525: Time for me to say goodbye, thank you for all the comments and questions, point you in the direction of Sarah Holt's race report and advise you that the driver of the day vote is now closed. The result will be announced by Jake in the F1 Forum, which you can continue watching via the Red Button and the console at the top of this page. We'll also publish the result here once it has landed.

1520: Yet another disappointing grand prix weekend for seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. His race started with a collision and ended down in 12th. "What happened with Vitaly Petrov, it was mostly my mistake - suddenly we got together and I lost my front wing," said Schumacher. "There was lots of fighting and lots of action, but all for nothing. Mostly I was able to go forward but the big joy is not there right now."

1512: "It was just one of those races," says Lewis Hamilton after finishing fourth. "Pit-stops are somewhere we can always improve but I lost a lot of ground when I tried to go down the outside of Webber at the start of the race, I had a good start and I should have been up to third and battling for second, but it wasn't to be. Jenson was fair as always as we battled but when I got past Jenson I just found I had nothing left in my tyres and had to stop again."

Motoringflynn on Twitter: "Kamui Kobayashi had a great race, surely got to be driver of the day?!"
Keep the votes coming, people - right-hand side of the page, just below the leaderboard.

1507: Not a great day for McLaren and Jenson Button looks fairly dejected as he tells BBC Sport: "Most people were probably on my strategy initially, but because most of them damaged their tyres in the first stint they changed their strategy, we didn't but we didn't leave our stop until late enough. We should have stayed out longer because the last stint was impossible having so many laps on the hard tyre. You're not racing any more because the difference in speed is unbelievable. They just come past you and you can't do anything. It's a pity to finish so far back but strategy wise something we did wrong."

1505: "The car performed better than in the first three races - finally we enjoy racing again and fighting for a podium position," says third place Fernando Alonso. "In the last part of the race we had a disadvantage with tyre age and I lost the position with Mark Webber. Fighting with Red Bull is difficult, but we will try again."

1502: And this is what Vettel's Red Bull tram-mate Mark Webber had to say on his second-place finish: "It is not the end of the world to start on the dirty side of the track, as we saw from the last race, but I spent a couple of laps trying to get clear of Nico. Then they guys pitted me a bit earlier then I expected. The fight with Fernando was a little unexpected, he drove brilliantly, but in the end I had a fresher set of tyres and got the job done. Sebastian is obviously on a fantastic run at the moment."

1500: Cometh the hour, cometh the main. Here's Sebastian Vettel on another brilliant victory: "We had a smooth race, a very good start and then I was able to pull a gap in the first stint, which was crucial as that let us stay out a lap longer than the others - we always had a cushion."

1458: Jake managed to collar Red Bull team boss Christian Horner for another quick word after the trophy presentation and when asked when he made of his side's challenger, he replied: "Ferrari, they're back. They pushed us very hard today with Fernando. They're very soft on their tyres and make them go a long way."

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh on fourth and sixth-place finishes for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button:" A fairly average day at the office, it has been tricky. To leave with Lewis still second in the drivers' championship is reasonable, but another number of things went wrong. We lost places at the start and then you have to be aggressive to get through the field and that damages the tyres. And three stops, even for a driver like Jenson, was probably just a stop too few so a few glitches, but we will come out of this and see if we can do a better job in Spain."

Red Bull team principal Ross Brawn: "We knew we had a little bit of vulnerability on high fuel so we have a to think again about how we prioritise our approach. We got into the race and quickly blistered the rear tyres - that's why we fell away. As the fuel load came down we started to get respectable again. What's clear is qualifying is the least critical, race set-up and the correct number of tyres is the important thing. There's a lot to learn from this weekend."

1455: Mercedes failed to capitalise on a strong qualifying performance as Nico Rosberg finished fifth and Michael Schumacher 12th. Ross Brawn's been speaking to BBC One...

1450: So, Sebastian Vettel has won three of the four grands prix this season and six of the last seven in total. He also has six consecutive pole positions to his name and is fast closing in on Ayrton Senna's record of eight. Five of the seven Turkish Grands Prix have now been won by the driver who started from the front of the grid.

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Kesh, London, via text on 81111: "You won't post this because it's about Buemi and not one of the front runners, but how well did he perform today?! Three stops and he still managed to finish in 8th!"

Daily Telegraph F1 correspondent Tom Cary on Twitter: "Good to see Ferrari back in the mix. Red Bull need more competition."

uksceptic on Twitter: "Another great race. New tyres & DRS have transformed sport. All we need now is someone to step up & end Red Bull's dominance."

1440: Let me know your thoughts on driver of the day and keep your votes coming on the right-hand side of this page. Here come the national anthems and Vettel looks utterly delighted.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It is a sweet victory today; excellent from the drivers, fantastic pit stops, great strategy and a great race."

1435: "You beauty, Seb!" says team principal Christian Horner on the team radio. "Yes! Yes! That's what I'm talking about!" replies Vettel. I make that his third win from four races this season. Dominant.

LAP 58: In the final act of real significance, Petrov takes Buemi for eighth place on the final lap. Nice work from the Russian after that opening-lap collision with Schumacher.

Chequered flag

LAP 57: And that, my friends, looks to be that. Vettel cruising home, Webber and Alonso to join him on the podium. Hamilton, Rosberg, Button, Heidfeld Buemi, Petrov and Kobayashi also in the top 10. Massively impressed by Kobayashi, coming from 24th on the grid. Massa and Schumacher in 11 and 12th will be miffed.

LAP 55: Miserable end to the day for Button, who has just been taken by Rosberg for fifth. The German now has Hamilton in his sights, but 6.7 seconds should be a sufficient gap to see the 2008 champion hold on for fourth.

LAP 53: This boy Vettel is something special. He's pulled more than eight seconds clear of Webber and seems a dead cert for victory. Suggestions Red Bull had great qualifying pace but might have struggled a bit come race day are being made to look quite ridiculous.

LAP 51: Webber closing right in on Alonso... bidding to reclaim second place... gets into the Spaniard's slipstream through Turn 11... uses the DRS and Kers... and he does it. Alonso fights back down the home straight but Webber holds on and it's looking like a Red Bull one-two now.

LAP 49: His team-mate Button is faring even worse and Hamilton's just passed him for fourth place. The pair are well over 30 seconds adrift of Webber in third and they can't be happy with that.

LAP 47: Now Vettel darts into the pits, meaning all of the top three have made four stops. Hamilton seems keen to get to the end of the race on his third set of tyres but his lap times are far from impressive.

LAP 46: Yes, Ferrari cover Red Bull by bringing Alonso in for a new set of hard tyres. And the two-time world champion retains his position on exiting the pits. Meanwhile, Force India's Paul Di Resta has come to a halt and that's his day over. More news as and when we get it. Disappointing for the talent Briton.

LAP 45: Webber comes in for a fresh set of hard 'prime' rubbers but there's an issue with his front left and that's slowed him up. Alonso to reply with a stop of his own? Great news for Vettel.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "All those on the hard tyres have the option of going to the end of the race - that is Hamilton, Webber and Alonso. But the hard tyres aren't lasting any longer than the soft so they may well come in again. Button and Vettel however will be nursing these tyres to the end of the race."

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst and Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok: "Being the lollipop man is the worst job in the world - but McLaren's lollipop man did really well to prevent Hamilton from crashing into Massa"

LAP 43: Still just the one retirement (Glock) and if it stays that way we'll equal the highest number of finishers in a F1 race (23), which was set in China last time out. Up front, Vettel's advantage over Alonso currently stands at 7.1 seconds, with Webber 3.3 seconds further back and Hamilton a massive 31.7 seconds adrift of Webber.

RickyTicky on Twitter: "Overtaking going on all over the place, not just in DRS zone. Drivers suddenly have confidence in themselves. Bring on Monaco."

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Camilla, Sussex, via text on 81111: "Been a class drive so far from Jenson, hoping he can get on the podium. Come on Jenson!"

LAP 40: A third stop of the race for Vettel and he comes out in front. A fourth win on the season now looks a mere formality.

1404: Keep your votes coming for a 'driver of the day'. You should see it on the right-hand side of this page and it closes at the end of the BBC One coverage. We'll announce the winner right here while the F1 Forum on the red button is on air. And keep your thoughts coming via the Twitter hashtag #BBCF1 a direct message @bbcsport_david and text to 81111 (UK).

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "Nightmare on pit lane for Hamilton and McLaren and that has put him right back into the pack."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: " Absolutely horrible pit stop for McLaren, the rear nut was cross-threaded and they just couldn't get it on. Then to add insult to injury they had to hold him on the exit for Massa who was coming in. Hamilton is known on the harder tyre though and so can go through to the end on those if he wants."

LAP 37: Vettel now streaking clear of Alonso. The championship leader has built up an advantage of 10.6 seconds. Webber's a further 18 seconds adrift after pitting, with Button, Heidfeld and Buemi making up the top six. Hamilton down in sixth after that lengthy stop.

LAP 35: Button passes Massa at Turn 12 as Hamilton comes in for his third stop. And it's a long one - McLaren seem to have a problem getting a nut on the front right and then there's a further delay as Massa comes in and blocks Hamilton's exit. Oh dear. Lewis is on to hard tyres and we think that could see him through to the end of the race.

LAP 33: Rosberg switches from hard to soft tyres in a bid to make his way up from eighth place.

LAP 32: It's worth mentioning that all the other front runners - apart from Rosberg - have also still got to go on to the hard 'prime' tyres too. Tyres playing a huge role this season.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Ferarri have said that Alonso's pace is great but have warned that he has only driven on the soft tyres. Wait until he gets on the hard tyre and then see how he gets on. The times that Rosberg is putting in on that harder compound seem to bear that out as well."

LAP 30: In comes Schumacher for a third stop of the day - one for a new front wing and two for tyres. Another underwhelming race for the seven-time world champion.

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst and Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok: "I am mightily impressed with Fernando Alonso's pace today - he is comfortably quicker than the McLarens and is pushing the Red Bulls. Alonso is worth every penny that he is paid to drive that Ferrari!

LAP 29: Alonso breezes past Webber at Turn 12 and is up to second. What a comeback from Ferrari this weekend. Vettel - Alonso - Webber - Hamilton - Petrov the top five. Massa up to sixth after Button's pit stop, with Rosberg, Heidfeld and Schumacher completing the top 10.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "That wasn't a clean stop for Button. There was a problem on the left rear there was a delay in getting the wheel nut on but he is bang on for a three-stop strategy and is racing Webber and Alonso for second place in this race.

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes on Twitter: "Heikki has some issues but pleased so far. We are learning lots. Nice hearing the chat from the engineers. A lot different from last [race]."

LAP 25: Vettel's pulling clear of Webber and would appear to have this race in the bag. But you never know. Webber's on a fresh set of tyres, yet if anything he's slipping further adrift of his team-mate. Alonso flying on fresh tyres, closing to with 1.3 seconds of Webber with the day's fastest lap - a 1:32.050. Button's fourth and Hamilton fifth. A lock-up sees Massa damage his tyres, pit and slip down to seventh. Marbles of rubber all over the track. It doesn't get much better than this.

BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle: "When was the day in Formula 1 when you did not show the leaders pitting because there is too much going on elsewhere?"

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "That was brilliant from Jenson, I have never seen anyone go round the outside on that corner. I don't think he intended to do it initially but how quick was his thinking to react to Rosberg."

LAP 21: We've just seen a breathtaking duel between Rosberg, Massa and Button for fourth place. Massa uses the DRS to get up the inside of Rosberg coming into Turn 12 and Button tries to follow him through. Rosberg concedes to Massa but manages to hold Button off, only to be taken by the Englishman round the outside of Turn 14. Sensational stuff.

LAP 20: Alonso's closing on Webber as Hamilton comes in for his second pit stop.

LAP 19: Vettel continues to lead the way by 3.2 seconds from Webber. Alonso is a further 2.5 seconds adrift, with Hamilton Rosberg, Massa, Button, Petrov, Heidfeld and Buemi completing the top 10. Timo Glock is our only drop-out so far. Kobayashi up from 24th to 11th - one of the very best overtakers in Formula 1.

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst and Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok: "I think Lewis will be on a four-stop strategy and Jenson will be on a three-stop strategy"

LAP 17: Meanwhile, Jenson Button is told by his engineer: "Jenson we are in really good shape here. That was a really good stint. We think a lot of the cars in front are going to have to four-stop."

LAP 15: Hamilton is told by his engineer: "Make sure you look after the rears in Turn Eight. That's where the damage is being caused."

1330: Don't forget we're introducing a 'driver of the day' vote today. If you manually refresh your page you will se it on the right-hand side directly below the leaderboard. Simply make your choice as to who has been the best driver in the race - not necessarily the winner, of course - and then vote. Please feel free to take into account the drivers' performance throughout the grand prix weekend. The vote will close at the end of the BBC One coverage and we will announce the winner in this page while the F1 Forum on the red button is on air.

LAP 14: Rosberg's being eaten up by the big guns at Turn 12 of every lap. Hamilton the latest to get by for fourth place. A problem with Mercedes' Kers system?

LAP 13: Vettel gets himself caught up behind Button but the 2009 champion pits to let his rival regain the lead. Webber appears to be closing the gap, though.

LAP 11: The race leader does indeed pit for fresh tyres and and comes out in second behind Button, who is yet to stop. Hamilton is told on the team radio he's switching to "Plan B". We think that's a four-stop strategy, not the musician.

LAP 10: In come Webber, Alonso and Rosberg. New Rubbers for Vettel soon, surely?

BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard: "There is always a lot of talk about it but on the evidence of the overtaking so far the DRS zone is too early. The cars are not passing each other in the braking zone but a fair bit before then."

LAP NINE: Hamilton's tyres have gone off and Ferrari's Felipe Massa is about to overtake him for sixth... and he does it. Both men come into the pits for a fresh set of soft 'option' tyres... and Hamilton gets out in front. Superb work from the McLaren mechanics.

LAP EIGHT: Turns One of lap eight and Button takes Hamilton to return to fifth place. What a fight this is turning into.

LAP SEVEN: And Hamilton does it! The 2008 world champion gets past his team-mate at Turn One. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso wriggles in front of Rosberg at Turn 12 for third place.

LAP SIX: Hamilton again looks to get past Button - it's battle royale between the McLarens. Jenson holds out.

LAP FIVE: More use of the DRS (moveable rear wing) allows Webber to gain about 12kmph and pass Rosberg at Turn 12. The Australian is back in second but Vettel leads by a huge 4.4 seconds.

LAP FOUR: Hamilton has another go at Button using the Drag Reduction System (DRS) between Turns 10 and 12. Hamilton tries to go round the outside but no luck.

LAP THREE: "Do you have any damage," Renault ask Petrov on the team radio. "I don't know, I don't know." Schumacher pits for a new front wing. "I don't know why Michael didn't just give that place up," says BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard.

LAP TWO: Sergio Perez comes into the pits with a damaged front wing. Hamilton tries to take Button but misses out. Michael Schumacher and Vitaly Petrov collide. DRAMA!

LAP ONE: Magnificent start by Nico Rosberg, who leapfrogs Mark Webber into second. Lewis Hamilton tries to compound Webber woes but his aggression backfires and he goes wide. Fernando Alosno and Jenson Button get past. Sebastian Vettel leads, Hamilton down to sixth.

1303: GO, GO, GO!

1302: The cars are in position on the grid...

1300: So here's the drill: full throttle down to Turn One, a 75mph blind left-hander reminiscent of the same corner at Interlagos. Then comes a sweeping 150mph uphill right and back-to-back low-speed corners before a plunge down to the double-left of Turns Five and Six. Full throttle through the high-speed stretch to the right-hand Turn Seven, accelerating up to the infamous Turn Eight. Nicknamed 'Diabolical', this 160mph quadruple-apex left-hander that puts particular stress on the front right while subjecting you to up to 5G of lateral acceleration and around 950kg of vertical force. It's followed by a steep descent to the Turn Nine hairpin, which sets up the long back straight from Turns 10 to 12 featuring a kink at Turn 11 that caught an number of drivers out in Friday practice. Hard braking for the slow left-hander - a prime overtaking spot - before an immediate tight right-hander and that all-important final left-hander into the home straight.

1259: Here we go then. The drivers are setting off on their installation laps. Nerve-wracking moments.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "Lewis Hamilton pointed to his former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso as his main worry off the start in Turkey. Hamilton lines up in fourth with the Spaniard's Ferrari looming close in fifth and Alonso is going all out to hunt down his first podium of the season. 'Fifth place means I avoid the dirty side of the grid which is usually a big handicap here,' Alonso said. 'It's hard to say what the best strategy will be; we will have to be ready for any eventuality and be very flexible. We have made a small step forward and I would say that this is the first sign of the light at the end of the tunnel.'"

1258: And one last word from Sarah before we get started...

Mercedes Nico Rosberg: "It's been great because we haven't put any big upgrades on the car just yet. It is nice to see how we are getting small details right to move forward on the grid. I'm pleased that the team respect my opinion and can build on that as well as Michael's who is obviously hugely accomplished."

McLaren driver Jenson Button speaking to Martin Brundle: "I quite like Eddie's shirt, it is better than yours. Yours is a bit boring. It is always a fun place to race, something always happens and these tyre make it exciting. Nico Rosberg isn't going to be going slow he will be fighting it out but you never know until you get out there."

1255: Lots of texts and tweets from McLaren fans out there. Hope you enjoy the race and keep the chat coming via the Twitter hashtag #BBCF1, direct message to @bbcsport_david or text on 81111 (UK). Five minutes to go.

Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey: "We had a difficult Friday, but hopefully we got done what we needed to yesterday so we'll see. Don't ask me how our two are going to do because we saw what happened last year!"

BBC F1 analyst Eddie Jordan: "People often ask which drivers you would have for your team and presume it is the two fastest you can find but what Red Bull need is someone who is going to push Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber is just right for that."

Red Bull driver Mark Webber: "We've had a smooth weekend. I would have liked to have done another lap to get closer to Seb. But we're in good shape for the grand prix. This is the first time we have been together for a race, so let's see how it goes. I hope Seb and I can have a clean grand prix and just race each other. We do not want to repeat what happened last year but we still want to race hard."

1250: It was, of course, at this venue in 2010 that Red Bull team-mates Vettel and Webber were involved in a dramatic collision when vying for the lead. Will history repeat itself today?

1248: News just in - Virgin have a problem with their exhaust and have also lost fifth gear. They hope to get drivers Glock and D'Ambrosio to the grid but today isn't likely to be a good one for them.

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Kev, Derby, via text on 81111: "I think the pressure release on Lewis's face last week was amazing. The only time I have ever seen this amount of pressure release was when Nick Faldo won The Open after rebuilding his swing and being criticised by the press, just as Lewis was. Two great sportsmen showing just how big the pressure is they put themselves under."

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel: "We think the Kers [power boost system] is working. Mark and myself saved one set of option tyres, it will be a long race so we will see where it makes the most sense to use them. It is quite a tricky track, the loads are high, but we are here to challenge and we start from the best possible position and things are looking good."

1240: Comical scenes as Brundle attempts to interrupt an interview with Sebastian Vettel by a rival broadcaster. Martin has to bide his time and we're able to enjoy listening to the reigning world champion for quite some time... in German.

1238: Oh and I should mention that we're introducing a 'driver of the day' vote today. The module is on the right-hand side of the page directly below the leaderboard. Simply make your choice as to who has been the best driver in the race - not necessarily the winner, of course - and then vote. Please feel free to take into account the drivers' performance throughout the grand prix weekend. The vote will close at the end of the BBC One coverage and we will announce the winner in this page while the F1 Forum on the red button is on air.

1237: And here comes the famous Brundle pit-walk. Surely worth your licence fee alone?

1235: Twenty five minutes until the lights go out on the fourth race of the 2011 season. A reminder that you can follow the action via our driver tracker and that'll be available in the console at the top of this page and also as a stand-alone feature.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "The opening European race on the calendar is a red letter day for F1's 12 teams as it represents a first opportunity to bring major upgrades to their cars. Team Lotus technical director Mike Gascoyne says it is too difficult and expensive to bring new parts on long-haul races but while the cars are away work in the wind tunnels - where new parts are tried and tested - increases. 'It takes about a month between wind tunnel, manufacture and major components appearing on the car. By this stage in the season, you have already had a chance to look at everyone else's car. Red Bull have had an advantage because of their floor [which has a flattened exhaust pipe which exits through and on top of the diffuser]. McLaren copied it early on and a lot of teams are now bringing it, including us at the next race in Barcelona.'"

1230: Away from the big boys, it was a strong qualifying session for Team Lotus as Heikki Kovalainen took 18th place on the grid and team-mate Jarno Trulli 19th. Here's Sarah with some info from the team's technical director Mike Gascoyne.

1226: On the subject of Bahrain, Jake and Eddie have just had a chat with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone on BBC One. "We will make a decision in June as to whether we can fit in or not," said the 80-year-old commercial rights holder. "But we can fit in no problem."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Jean Todt, president of governing body the FIA, held a media briefing on Sunday morning in which he revealed some interesting snippets. He said he was not going to budge on plans to introduce 1.6-litre turbo engines in 2013, despite opposition from Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone. On the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was postponed at the start of the season after unrest in the country, he said that he had commissioned a report on conditions in the Gulf kingdom which would be assessed before the FIA made a decision on 3 June on whether to reschedule the race. And he said the ban on in-season testing was "stupid" and he was going to try to bring back a limited amount of it next year - and, if that did not succeed, definitely in 2013."

1222: You'll also be hearing from Ted Kravitz throughout the day and here he is with several news items...

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "After taking a podium apiece in the first two races, Renault pair Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld have their work cut out in Turkey with the Red Bulls, McLarens, Nico Rosberg's Mercedes and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari all ahead of them. Petrov lines up in seventh in Turkey with Nick Heidfeld ninth. It is true that the Renaults have been mega-quick off the line but is Heidfeld worried the team is already falling behind? 'I don't think so, no,' the German said. 'We had an early update package in Malaysia which probably brought us out of the normal timing for updates. It might be over the season it is a bit up and down like that. I know of more development in the factory which are not only small steps. There is more to come but the question is how quickly?'"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "Paul di Resta lines up in 13th for Force India and the third British driver on the grid is hoping to add to his points tally after narrowly missing out in China. Di Resta is preparing for his first competitive race in any category around the 3.3-mile circuit, which undulates through four gradient changes and round 14 corners, including the fearsome Turn Eight. 'We compromised our qualifying performance to look out for the race,' said Di Resta. 'It will be difficult to get points but it's possible. We don't have any updates while other people have moved on a bit. We'll be battling in the mix of it and it really depends what happens to our positioning after the first lap.'"

1215: Any newcomers out there? Well, regardless of your answer to that, I should have introduced you to our intrepid trackside reporter Sarah Holt. She'll be one of several BBC bods contributing to this live text today and here she is with a couple of nice lines...

McLaren's Jenson Button on starting sixth: "We thought qualifying was going to be a lot tighter than it was. Our car is good on long runs and looking at a couple of the other teams around us, I don't think they are as competitive on long runs. I'm not 100% certain but that's how I feel. From fourth and sixth I think we can still have a good race. We do have the disadvantage of not having a new set of option tyres and that is one loss for us but I think the strategy tomorrow is going to play a bigger part than just that set of tyres.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton on starting fourth: "Red Bull are just too quick and it is clearly very easy for them in qualifying. We are pushing very hard to close the gap which is not impossible. Obviously [Nico Rosberg in third for Mercedes] breaks us up from the Red Bulls. The biggest worry is that we are on the dirty side of the grid and there is quite a big difference to being on the clean side here. The most important thing for us is not to lose ground to Fernando Alonso (in fifth) or Vitaly Petrov (in seventh). If we can hang onto our position we can definitely challenge Rosberg."

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh on chasing Red Bull: "We were coming here with the intention of bringing some performance. Various things conspired against us including a rig failure on a test on a part back in the UK. We had a wet first session which took out quite a lot of our opportunity to develop the car. We know we didn't deliver everything we had intended to deliver. We'd like to be on the front row but we're not. We're realists and competitors and we know we'll make the car quicker at the next grand prix. We can still win this race if we get it right and others get it wrong. We acknowledge that Red Bull are very strong and we haven't made the step forward we wanted to - but that only makes us more determined."

1210: I can confirm that we're going live on BBC One, the BBC HD Channel and the Red Button right... NOW. You can watch the same pictures - and much more besides - and the top of this page.

1208: With victory in Australia and Malaysia, and second place in China, Vettel leads the drivers' championship on 68 points - 21 ahead of 2008 champion Hamilton, who produced a stunning drive to triumph at the Chinese Grand Prix three weeks ago today. Button is third on 38 points, Webber a point back in fourth and Alonso fifth with 26. It's 25 points for a win, 18 for second and 15 for third.

1205: Vettel's flying lap of one minute 25.049 seconds was the quickest-ever in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, more than a second quicker than the time set by Webber in 2010. It maintained the reigning world champion's 100% record in qualifying this season, meant he has started seven of the last eight races on pole and now has 19 career pole positions to his name. It's the first time someone has claimed five poles in a row since Alonso in 2006, with the record of eight set by Ayrton Senna in 1988-89. One last stat... Vettel is the first driver since Mikka Hakkinen in 1999 to capture the first four pole position in a season.

1155: For those of you who missed Saturday's qualifying session, Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time to put himself on pole position for today's showdown. Team-mate Mark Webber was second-quickest to secure the first Red Bull front-row lock-out this season. The impressive Nico Rosberg of Mercedes will start from third, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton fourth, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari fifth and Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button sixth.

1150: Do you reckon it's sunny in Istanbul today? Like Ian, Jenson, Mike and Mercedes, you lot can get your thoughts, insight and questions published on this very page. Just use the Twitter hashtag #BBCF1, contact me directly @bbcsport_david or drop us a text to 81111 if you're in the UK. Wherever you are in the world, I expect to be hearing from you over the next few hours.

Mercedes on Twitter: "A lovely sunny day at Istanbul Park as we wave the drivers off to Drivers Parade and the countdown to the race begins..."

Team Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Lovely sunny day here in Istanbul Park Paddock, clear blue sky and zero chance of rain."

Jenson Button on Twitter: "Morning! Beautiful day here in Istanbul Park and hopefully I'll put on a good show today for u guys, thanks so much for all your support ;-)"

The sun is out
BBC weatherman Ian Ferguson on Twitter: "Dry conditions, with sunshine gradually turning hazier as higher-level cloud slowly increases from the NW during the day."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Istanbul: "After a trio of races run thousands of miles from home, first in Australia, then in Malaysia and China, Formula 1 has returned to its heartland. The Turkish Grand Prix bridges the gap between east and west. Istanbul Park sits on the Asian side of the cross-continental city with Europe tantalisingly within reach across the blue expanse of the Bosphorus straight. The 12 teams have arrived in Istanbul intent on closing the gap on their nearest rivals. Their factories across Europe have been formulating and fashioning new parts - and even magic paddles - which they hope will make their speed machines go even faster. Despite their labours, Red Bull easily remain at the front of the pack. But Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari have inched closer and are now bent on reeling in Red Bull as the European campaign begins."

1135: And we should savour today's race more than any of the previous six at this venue, because it could be the last. The event's seven-year contract comes to an end this season and - with attendances dwindling and F1 bosses demanding more money if it is to continue - prospects of a fresh deal are looking remote.

1130: Fifty eight laps of the 3.332-mile Hermann Tilke-designed Istanbul Park, widely considered one of the toughest and most exhilarating circuits on the planet. Five high-velocity stretches, three slow turns and one ideal spot for overtaking. Built over four different ground levels with 46m of elevation change, climbs and dips, sweeping curves and a top speed of 196mph. Ladies and gentlemen, it's with great pleasure that I give you the 2011 Turkish Grand Prix.

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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

FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2016

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 385
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 380
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 256
4 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 212
5 M Verstappen Red Bull 204
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 186
7 Mexico S Perez Force India 101
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 85
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 72
10 Spain F Alonso McLaren 54
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 53
12 C Sainz Toro Rosso 46
13 France R Grosjean Haas F1 29
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 25
15 Great Britain J Button McLaren 21
16 Denmark K Magnussen Lotus 7
17 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 2
18 J Palmer Lotus 1
19 P Wehrlein Manor Marussia F1 1
21 Mexico E Gutierrez Haas F1 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 0
23 E Ocon Manor Marussia F1 0

Points projected from latest race positions

Formula 1 vote

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see also
Turkish Grand Prix - Top three drivers
08 May 11 |  Formula One
Turkish Grand Prix race results
08 Mar 11 |  Results
Imperious Vettel wins in Istanbul
08 May 11 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP photos
19 May 11 |  Formula One
Teams backtrack on car revolution
08 May 11 |  Formula One
Dominant Vettel takes Turkey pole
08 May 11 |  Formula One
Turkish GP qualifying as it happened
07 May 11 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP qualifying photos
07 May 11 |  Formula One
F1 on the BBC
01 Dec 11 |  Formula 1
Turkish GP practice as it happened
06 May 11 |  Formula 1

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