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GP Week : Issue 84A
Team-By-Team: Turkish GP McLaren's F-duct worked to great effect on the long straights of the Istanbul Park, enabling them to take the fight to Red Bull in the dry for the first time this season. Hamilton drove faultlessly throughout, as did Button, but lost a position to Vettel during the pitstops having unsuccessfully challenged Webber for the lead in the opening stint. He then fought back to regain the lead on lap 49 following a feisty move by Button to lead home McLaren's second 1-2 of the season. Although he was far from ecstatic about inheriting the win, he is now right back in championship contention. Everything was going to plan for Red Bull up until lap 40 in Turkey. Having taken pole on Saturday, Webber was leading without major problems at the front, while team-mate Vettel had jumped from third to second during the pitstops, setting the scene for another maximum haul of points for the Milton Keynes- based outfit. But the controversial collision on lap 40 put paid to their chances, and the team had to settle for 15 points when 43 had looked certain. Although they will be happy to have kept McLaren at arm's reach for much of the race, the team will be disappointed yet again to have failed to capitalise on the impressive pace of the RB6. Hot on the heels of his impressive podium finish in Monaco, Robert Kubica was back on the pace in Turkey taking the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari. The Pole kept his grid slot ahead of the Ferraris but was unable to challenge the Mercedes ahead during the race, finishing just one second adrift of the German cars in sixth. Team-mate Petrov had a stellar race too and was just nine seconds behind Kubica before a collision with Alonso resulted in a puncture for the Russian dropping him from 8th to 25th. After pitting for fresh rubber, he went on to set the fastest race lap. Michael Schumacher finished ahead of his team-mate for the third consecutive race as his F1 comeback gathered pace in Turkey. The German overtook Button at the first corner, but lost the position later in lap due to McLaren's huge top speed, and quickly lost touch with the front-runners to finish a distant fourth. Rosberg was reasonably happy with fifth but the team is still far from where it needs to be to challenge for victories again, having finished over half a minute off the leading cars. It was another nightmare weekend for Williams, as their slide down the order continued in Istanbul. After qualifying poorly in 15th and 17th, both Barrichello and Hulkenberg endured tough opening laps. Barrichello immediately dropped to 20th with a clutch problem, while Hulkenberg was left 23rd after a collision with Buemi resulted in a puncture. Rubens was then hampered further with a throttle control problem, and the pair eventually finished 14th and 17th, one lap down. Things could scarcely have gone worse for Ferrari as they celebrated their 800th Formula One World Championship Grand Prix start in Turkey, with Felipe Massa's seventh and Fernando Alonso's eighth places garnering the Scuderia just 10 points on Sunday. Throughout the weekend the F10 was well off the pace, yet there was still an air of anticipation that they would be able to produce the goods when it mattered. But the pace never arrived, leaving them fighting with Renault for the lower placings in the top ten. Massa had an uneventful run to seventh, while Alonso had to wait until the closing stages to get by Petrov and secure eighth. 32