Ferrari’s Felipe Massa scored his third successive victory at the Istanbul park circuit and his second of this season as he staved of the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton to take the chequered flag at the Turkish Grand Prix. Pole-sitter Massa was briefly challenged – and passed on the 24th lap – by an aggressive Hamilton but his two-stop strategy compared to Hamilton’s three-stop-strategy stood him in good stead and he clinched victory by just under four seconds. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was third in a bravura display in spite of a damaged front-wing and an engine that was into its second race. BMW and Renault were the usual best-of-the rest with Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld finishing 4th and 5th with Fernando Alonso in 6th. Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg took up 7th and 8th place respectively.
Its damningly frustrating when you know the race is going on at a frenetic pace and you’re not able to watch it! That was exactly what happened to me with the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday evening. Star Sports wasn’t tuned into by the CableOp until the 7th lap of the race – by the time which Massa was fending off a marauding Hamilton, P2 Heikki Kovalainen was down at the tail-end of the grid, Kimi Raikkonen had the BMW of Robert Kubica ahead of him and the Force India of Giancarlo Fisichella and the Williams of Kazuki Nakajima were ‘out’ of the race! I was to know later that there was an incident at the start of the race wherein Kimi’s and Heikki’s cars had contact resulting in a puncture for the McLaren and a damaged wing for the Ferrari. Fisichella had rammed into the back of Nakajima, taking both of them out of the race. Sebastian Bourdais was the only other retirement. Kimi Raikkonen scored the fastest lap.