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GP Week : Issue 49
Team-By-Team: Turkish Grand Oh dear. Not a good one for the boys from Woking. It had started promisingly enough with Kovalainen topping practice and Hamilton feeling confident within the car. All in all the team felt they were faster than expected and confidence was high of a good weekend. That confidence was quickly erased in qualifying, as Hamilton trudged out in Q1 in a woeful 16th place. Kovalainen was Ferrari felt a bit lost after practice. The track was turning out to be very slippery and the Scuderia just couldn’t figure out if they had pace or not. With both cars spending the majority of their time out of the top 10, they weren’t overly confident as Massa, in particular, still felt the team lacked about a second in overall pace. Come qualifying and the Ferraris were well placed within the top 10 in Q3, and Despite its long straights, BMW opted not to run KERS in Turkey. Ultimately it may have been a choice they regretted, although judging by the lack of comparative pace from McLaren and Ferrari, the only teams to run KERS, they may think it was a considered choice. The team had bigger issues at hand though, notably the advent of their new diffuser which immediately helped Kubica into The weekend got underway with a promising practice set of outings for Renault. Alonso wound up second with Piquet also finding his way into the top 10, but despite their good times track conditions were such that the team knew it still had a long way to go. Come qualifying it all went wrong again for Piquet who suffered with brake issues and failed to make it out of Q1 after A major upgrade package for the Toyota arrived in Turkey as Toyota aimed to regain the advantage it had lost since Bahrain. Falling back down the order had not pleased anyone, and the new parts seemed to do their job for Trulli who was comfortably in the top 10 in practice. For Glock life was more difficult as the track conditions left him flat footed. He continued to struggle in qualifying and 34 better, but only slightly in 14th. In the race it seemed slightly odd that Hamilton should finish ahead of Kovalainen, although 13th and 14th was nothing to write home about. Kovalainen had a great battle with Barrichello, fending him off, while Hamilton seemed to let him fly past before being soundly drubbed by Piquet in a battle around the final corners. it was a reflection of how much the performance had improved overnight that this was a disappointment. Relying on strategy to pull them up the order didn’t really do them any favours in the race as Raikkonen lost places at the start. That said, Istanbul specialist Massa pulled up into sixth and recorded the points finish his team-mate could not match. the top positions in practice. Qualifying saw Heidfeld in 11th and Kubica making the top 10, so it was a success of sorts even though the ultimate pace wasn’t there. In the race, Heidfeld struggled as his car pulled to one side on his first set of tyres, but thereafter raced well to finish 11th. Kubica took his first points of 2009 with seventh … a relative victory for him. spinning out. Alonso, meanwhile, wound up eighth with another Q3 performance. Despite the good starting position, points were not to be on the cards for the Spaniard who finished 10th and then called on the team to redouble its efforts to improve the car. Piquet had some good scraps, particularly with Hamilton, but 16th place was scant reward for a good race. lined up 13th. Trulli gunned the Toyota into sixth with a great run and hopes were high of a good result. Those hopes were repaid in the race as the Italian raced as high as third, but ultimately came home in a great fourth. Glock, too, had a better day at the office and ran home in eighth recording the team’s first points since Bahrain and indicated they’re back on the right path.