Sunday, June 14, 2009

Turkey 2009

Qualifying


History beckons Vettel. Historically, whoever has started on pole in Turkey has won the race. Vettel started on pole in the two podium finishes so far in his career. He was on pole once again today and had a glimmer in his eye, rightly so. It’s difficult to say who would win tomorrow, however Button who is leading the championship table this year and qualified behind Vettel would ensure he stays in the hunt to get closer to the world title. Rubbens Barrichello finished behind Vettel. A strong performance by Mark Webber brought him as close as fourth.
Jarno Trulli for Toyota disappointed after his performance in Monaco made amends to reach 5th this time. The Ferrari’s who seemed lost till the races before Monaco where Raikkonen finished 3rd carried on their good performances to finish 6th and 7th respectively with Kimi leading the pack.

Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton and his partner Heikki Kovalainen weren’t effective with their car this time around finished 14th and 16th.

Race Day


Vettel had a dream qualifying session but not a dream race. He started well from the pole but Button required only a single opportunity which Vettel provided him and was gleefully accepted by the wanna be world champion. The difference in the number of points scored between him and his compatriot Barrichello is 26 points now. This was his 6th win in 7 races so far.
Mark Webber of the Red Bull finished second. Truly this season has been that of the David’s and the Goliath’s are struggling like never before. Turkey traditionally belonged to Ferrari as Massa had won three previous races here in a row. Ferrari was expecting the history would repeat itself but it was not to be. Massa finished 6th.

Robert Kubica confirmed BMW Sauber’s revival after a disappointing start to the season, by finishing seventh ahead of German Timo Glock in the second Toyota. Defending drivers’ champion Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes started from 16th on the grid and battled his way through to finish 13th.

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