Turkish analysis - Hamilton’s puncture blows things wide open

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2007/8/6680.html --- While it’s true that Lewis Hamilton had five or six laps’ more fuel than the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, that became a moot point when the Englishman’s McLaren blew its right front Bridgestone tyre on the 43rd lap of the Turkish Grand Prix. And in any case, even Hamilton only thought he might have been able to jump one of the red cars. There will be much debate whether it was the fact the Ferraris both...Read Full Story

JAMES ALLEN'S VERDICT

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/Feature.aspx?Type=James_Allen&PO_ID=40460 --- A great win for Ferrari and for Felipe Massa, which means that the Scuderia will go to Monza on the back of a 1-2 finish, something which is bound to get the Italian crowd stirred up. I cannot wait for the next two races in Monza and Spa, partly because they are my favourites, but also because the sheer intensity of this four-way title fight will add to the thrill of racing on these majestic tracks. It’s very...Read Full Story

Kimi remaining cautious on chances

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40416 --- Kimi Raikkonen is remaining cautious on Ferrari’s prospects for the weekend ahead in Turkey after the team’s pace dropped off in the second practice session. The Finn laid down an ominous maker in the morning by setting a best time 0.4s faster than his nearest challenger, team-mate Felipe Massa, and over a second clear of his two McLaren rivals. But he was unable to get near this time in the afternoon, posting a best...Read Full Story

Alonso predicts 'tough fight' with Ferrari

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40415 --- Fernando Alonso expects the Turkish Grand Prix to be a close contest between McLaren and Ferrari after the title protagonists took turns at the top of the timesheet in Friday practice. In the morning Ferrari looked untouchable, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the pace by 0.4s from team-mate Felipe Massa and Alonso and Lewis Hamilton trailing more than 1.2s behind. But Hamilton turned the tables in the afternoon session, which...Read Full Story

Ralf confident Toyota can maintain form

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40411 --- Ralf Schumacher is confident Toyota’s strong Friday form won’t be a flash in the pan in Turkey and he can once again fight for a strong points finish on Sunday. The improving Japanese manufacturer team enjoyed by far its most competitive Friday practice of the season in Istanbul, with both Schumacher and Jarno Trulli following up their top 10 morning times with third and fourth places respectively in the afternoon. Toyota...Read Full Story

Kubica rues loss of track time

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40413 --- BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica felt the lengthy interruption to Friday practice cost him important set-up time, although he admitted his fellow drivers were similarly handicapped. The Pole was unable to complete his planned programme after a loose drain cover in turn 10 caused a half-hour stoppage in the second session. Kubica improved from a distant 11th fastest in the morning to a more competitive 10th in the afternoon, 0.9s...Read Full Story

Renault duo pleased with solid start

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40408 --- Renault duo Heikki Kovalainen and Giancarlo Fisichella were satisfied with their respective starts to the Turkish Grand Prix weekend. Both drivers finished in the top 10 in the opening session on Friday, with Kovalainen eighth and Fisichella 12th at the end of a disrupted session two. Kovalainen feels there is still more speed to exploit from the R27, but was still pleased with his first day's work overall. “I was quite...Read Full Story

Engine change for DC after fire

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40410 --- David Coulthard praised his Red Bull mechanics for rapidly completing an engine change on his car between the two practice sessions in Turkey and getting him back out in the afternoon in his original chassis. The Scot made a spectacular exit from the morning session, spinning on his final lap and then, when he rejoined, having to stop his RB3 after a flash fire erupted underneath the car. He re-emerged partway into the...Read Full Story

Friday analysis - McLaren calm, Ferrari confident

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2007/8/6661.html---Lewis Hamilton says he is very relaxed this weekend after McLaren’s recent Hungarian problems have been smoothed over, and he set Friday afternoon’s fastest time at Istanbul Park with 1m 28.469s (which was the third-fastest time overall after the Ferraris had gone faster in different conditions in the morning). Hamilton lost time in the first session with a small gearbox oil leak which caused the clutch to slip, then in the...Read Full Story

Practice Two - Hamilton replies for McLaren

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Linked form http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/8/6657.html---Lewis Hamilton set the pace in second practice for the Turkish Grand Prix on Friday afternoon, lapping his McLaren in 1m 28.469s to head Kimi Raikkonen, who took his Ferrari round Istanbul Park in 1m 28.762s. Raikkonen’s morning best of 1m 27.988s hence remained unbeaten. As their team mates Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were sixth and fifth fastest respectively, it fell to the Toyotas of Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli...Read Full Story