@f1_ewen gets a shot of the crowded pitlane.
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There's a poll awaiting your vote there too - do you think Williams will be able to score points this weekend? And which driver could do it?
Let's get some more links out of the way, while we're at it. You'll need live timing: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/live_timing.html
BBC have a stream and live text: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9479417.stm
Autosport will also have a great live text up: http://live.autosport.com/commentary.php/id/342
There were early predictions of rain a few days ago, but as the race has drawn nearer, the sun has been resolutely shining.
Mclaren and Mercedes should have live data on their sites - http://mclaren.com/formula1 and http://mercedes-gp.com respectively.
Bernie Ecclestone on the News Corp talk: "The company is not for sale. It's like somebody saying they're going to buy the BBC. It's not for sale."
And Bernie on CVC: "I'd like to see them stay where they are. Contrary to what people believe, they don't have to sell."
On Turkey: "I hope the future is here for another 20 years. We'll try and do something and find a way round it. This is probably one of the nicest circuits in the world. Everything is good about it. Maybe we haven't done enough to publicise the race, maybe that's the reason."
Bernie on Jean Todt's encouragement of in-season testing: "I don't see why we need more testing. They can test for the new drivers. With the current guys, I don't think it's necessary."
|Istanbul Park Circuit|
|Local timezone||+0300 GMT|
|Number of laps||58|
Yesterday, we heard Michael Schumacher's team radio refer to a magic paddle. I wonder if he will make use of it today.
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull|
|2||Mark Webber||Red Bull|
It will be worth keeping an eye on Kamui Kobayashi who couldn't set a time in qualifying, so will start last, and is bound to make his way through the field in style.
Interview with Rosberg: "We haven't really put any upgrades on the car, it's nice to see from one race to the next we're getting the most out of it. Small details, these things allow us to make big steps forward. I'm really pleased with third place on the grid, it should give me great possibility for the start."
|(data from Williams F1)|
|Fuel laptime penalty||0.3s/10kg|
|Pit lane loss||17s|
|Pit lane length||384m|
Mark Webber: "I would have liked to do another lap to get closer to Seb, but he did a phenomenal lap for pole. We're in good shape for the Grand Prix, and that's what it's all about these days. Seb impresses you and frustrates you as well. I've always said I want to compete against the best guys. It's been a good battle between us, certainly he's on the front foot on Saturdays, let's see how the race goes. It's the first time we've been together on the front row."
|(forecast data from Brembo)|
|Maximum pedal load||124kg|
Tweet from @OfficialMGP: Jean Todt popped into the garage just now and had a quick catch-up with Michael... http://twitpic.com/4v1chn
|Free Practice 1||L Hamilton||1:28.653|
|Free Practice 2||J Button||1:28.280|
|Free Practice 3||S Vettel||1:27.086|
|The Race||L Hamilton||1:28:47.620|
The pitlane is open and the cars are making their way to the grid.
Comment from rethymno racer: Question: Will we see the first safety car this year today?
Tweet from @MarussiaVirgin: Timo back in the garage and getting out. Looks like a problem
Sebastian Vettel talks about the benefit of having an extra set of tyres: "It will be a long race, so we'll see when it makes more sense to use it. It will be tricky here because it's quite a hard track on tyres. It won't be an easy one, but that's why we're here. We start from the best possible position so we have reason to be confident. Everything seems to be fine. Things are looking good."
Vitaly Petrov: "We're quite comfortable, we have a good strategy. With our position, we're quite happy, we qualified seventh, everything looks okay at the moment."
Jenson Button on challenging Rosberg at the start: "I don't think he's going to be going slow. He's got a new set of tyres too, options. I don't, Lewis doesn't. He's in pretty good nick. You never know until you get out there."
Williams on the grid.
Timo Glock is out of the car: "It will be tight. The guy's are trying their best, changing the gearbox. We lost fifth gear on the out lap for some reason... if it makes sense to go into a race where we're already six or seven laps down... we'll have to think about that."
Ross Brawn: "The tyres are quite an interesting challenge this year. I think we'll see three stops. I don't think anyone's going to manage two stops, not at the front anyway... we made a big effort to keep one new set for the race which will be a big help."
Timo Glock waits and hopes.
Tweet from @paulgilham: Think #sergioperez has seen enough of me on the grid. Heading to the first corner. Hope its a good start. #F1
Comment from Bassano: If this has the largest differential between clean and dirty sides of the track, Nico stands a good chance of getting Webber into the first corner
Five minutes to go now.
Live timing has reset.
Team radio to Rosberg: "The wind is about 5kph stronger than yesterday, Nico. It's a headwind into Turn 12."
They are now clearing the grid.
The formation lap begins. A puff of smoke out the back of Button's McLaren.
Nothing serious, though. The whole pack gets away safely.
Team radio to Barrichello: "Used options for Sutil and used options for Di Resta."
Ross Brawn is sitting with the mechanics inside the garage rather than on the pitwall.
All cars clear off the grid. Rosberg flew up to second place with Webber dropping back to third.
Webber has to defend off Hamilton, who then runs wide and loses several places.
Alonso is up to fourth, close up behind Webber now.
He's getting a new front wing.
Petrov fell back to 8th on the start, and teammate Heidfeld closed up behind, but Nick has now lost a position to Massa.
Petrov and Schumacher bashed wheels. Schumacher pits for a new front wing.
Team radio to Petrov: "Do you have any damage?" and the reply: "I don't know, at the moment no."
Race Control: DRS is enabled.
Barrichello is up to 9th now. I forgot to mention that we closed the poll and the majority think he'll grab Williams first points this weekend.
We've missed an entire lap thanks to replays but the positions remain the same.
Comment from Alex Andronov: We're now going to have to watch replays of the lap that we missed because of replays
Tweet from @autosportlive: Maldonado is 14th with Kovalainen 15th, Kobayashi already up to 16th, Trulli 17th, Alguersuari 18th and Liuzzi in 19th place.
Webber has passed Rosberg easily, but runs wide at the next corner. He manages to keep the position though.
Hamilton has squeezed past teammate Button, but the two are side by side down the home straight.
Hamilton finally makes the position stick and takes 5th place.
Fernando Alonso takes Rosberg for 3rd place.
Jenson Button has another go at Hamilton and repasses him for 4th position. They're still going at it, though. This could last all race!
Comment from Lukeh: Love how lewis and jenson know how to overtake :)
At the front, Vettel has a five second lead over Webber, who in turn has a couple of seconds on Alonso.
Petrov pits from 8th place.
Button is now pulling a bit of a gap on Hamilton, and Massa is closing up to the McLaren.
Massa passed Hamilton, but they both dive into the pitlane.
Hamilton had a great stop and although side by side for a moment, Massa pulls in behind the McLaren when they rejoin the track.
Webber, Alonso, Rosberg and Heidfeld all pit.
Barrichello and Sutil also head to the pitlane.
Team radio to Hamilton: "Okay Lewis, we are looking at Plan B."
Vettel pits from the lead.
Di Resta and Maldonado pit.
Replays show Heidfeld and Petrov touching wheels, gesticulating to each other.
Rosberg is also on Plan B.
Button leads the race now, having not stopped yet. Vettel is second, with Webber third, both having stopped once.
Vettel is closing up behind Button though, less than a second between them.
Vettel takes the lead, but Button pits straight away.
Hamilton passes Rosberg for 4th place.
Team radio to Button: "Jenson that was a very good first stint. We're in good shape. We think those around you are doing a four-stopper."
Kobayashi is up to 12th, with one stop completed.
Replays show Kobayashi battling his way past Schumacher, running the Mercedes wide enough to allow a Force India through as well.
Kovalainen and Liuzzi both pit.
After Rosberg's exceptional qualifying to third place, he's currently down in 5th, with Schumacher down in 17th.
Team radio to Hamilton: "Lewis, look after the rears in Turn 8, that's where the damage is being done."
Brief yellow flags as Liuzzi runs wide. The HRT appears to have a problem.
Tweet from @Pirelli_Media: Jenson Button seems to be heading for three pit stops. Kobayashi looking strong for Sauber too...
Liuzzi has pitted.
Massa is closing up on Rosberg, the pair set to do battle for 5th place.
Rosberg's lap times as he struggles to hold off Massa.
Pérez sets the fastest lap of the race so far, a 1:32.261.
Petrov pits for his second stop of the day.
Massa takes the position from Rosberg, but the battle isn't over yet.
They touch wheels around the next corner, and Massa gives it up, allowing Rosberg to take the place back.
Hamilton has stopped for the second time.
Massa takes the position back, and now Button is in the mix as well.
Button goes round the outside, Rosberg wobbles a little, and the McLaren has it.
Massa now 4th, Button 5th and Rosberg down to 6th.
Rosberg and Heidfeld both pit for their second stops.
Team radio to Button: "Still a long way to go in this race. We're not half way yet."
Massa has locked up badly, flat spots the tyre, and dives into the pits... moments after Alonso finished his own stop.
Good work from the Ferrari mechanics.
Heidfeld overtakes Paul di Resta for 11th.
In the top ten, Vettel, Button and Sutil are the only ones to have stopped just once so far.
Vettel pits from the lead.
Alonso takes the fastest lap - 1:32.050.
|Sector 1||S Buemi||280kph|
|Sector 2||N Heidfeld||294kph|
|Sector 3||A Sutil||239kph|
|Speed trap||V Petrov||317kph|
The McLaren mechanics rush out to the pitlane, anticipating a stop for Button.
He came in, the wheels came off, fresh wheels on, and he's out again, just ahead of Rosberg.
Vettel takes over the fastest lap of the race, a 1:31.700.
Team radio to Alonso: "Webber was asked to push now, to open the gap on you."
The pair are battling for second place, Webber ahead.
Just the one retirement at the moment, Glock who did not start.
Kobayashi is sitting in 15th position, his charge through the field seems to have been halted somewhat.
And back to the poll earlier, neither of the Williams drivers are in the points at the moment.
We're over halfway through now. 30 laps completed, 28 still to go.
Alonso has passed Webber for second place.
Tweet from @autosportlive: Alonso does the DRS shuffle on Webber and is easily through into second.
The DRS shuffle!
Schumacher pits from 11th place.
He's the first to stop for the third time.
Di Resta and Pérez both pit.
Rosberg pits from 8th place.
Meanwhile, Vettel leads with a 9 second gap over Alonso, who has 2 seconds over Webber.
Massa is closing up behind Petrov, but a higher priority for him will be Button who is charging up behind.
Hamilton pits from fourth place.
Button makes it past Massa for sixth.
Hamilton has a massive long stop, the front right got stuck and then they had to hold him as a Ferrari came in.
Petrov and Massa (the Ferrari that held up Hamilton) both pit.
Webber pits from 3rd.
Hamilton should be able to get to the end of the race, tyre dependent, but a 15 second stop will hurt.
Tweet from @MyTeamLotus: Heikki has just been and gone for his second stop. Seriously impressive watching how fast the boys get him out again
Alonso pits from second place.
Replays show Massa running wide and losing a good handful of positions. He's down in 13th now.
Heidfeld pits from fifth place.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:31.586.
Webber immediately puts in an even faster lap though.
Rosberg overtakes Barrichello for 9th place.
Good stop from Virgin for D'Ambrosio, currently running 21st.
Koabyashi pits from 14th place.
Buemi running really well up in 5th, pit stops still to be completed.
Button pits from 4th and returns to the track 7th.
Vettel also pits from the lead.
The Red Bull had created enough space to return to the track comfortably in the lead.
Buemi now pits from 5th place.
Schumacher is bouncing off another car again, this time Barrichello. Comes off worst again.
A moment of calm!
Pérez pits from 13th place.
Team radio to Rosberg: "Think about front wing adjustment." "No change, no change."
Race Control: Incident involving Maldonado under investigation - pit lane speeding.
Race Control: Drive through penalty for Maldonado.
Ted News: We heard some radio traffic to Alonso in Italian, and Ted has translated it to mean "We're sticking with Vettel for now".
Rosberg pits from 5th place, and Di Resta comes in from 14th.
Buemi overtakes Schumacher for 10th place.
Webber pits from 3rd place, four stopping.
Tweet from @MyTeamLotus: Heikki is chasing Maldonado for 18th place now. Gap is five seconds after his pitstop
Paul di Resta has pulled off track, the Force India stopped.
Yellow flags for Di Resta.
Alonso pits from second place. Petrov and Schumacher have also just come in.
Paul di Resta parked.
Hamilton pits from 4th, Heidfeld and Massa also in.
Button is now on old tyres but ahead of Hamilton. Hamilton has fresh rubber and is chasing his teammate down. More inter-team battles coming up!
Vettel pits for the fourth time.
Ten laps to go.
Massa's stop was slow, his right rear wouldn't go on because his wheels were spinning.
Webber puts in the fastest lap so far - 1:29.945.
Hamilton passed Button for 4th place.
Tweet from @MarussiaVirgin: Jerome is doing a great job looking after his tyres. He may be the only driver to do a two stop race
Kovalainen is also running on two stops at the moment.
Please forgive the crush, but this is worth seeing.
In Williams watch, Barrichello is 14th and Maldonado 17th.
Kobayashi is up to 10th with three stops.
Webber and Alonso are battling for 2nd, Webber squeezes past the Ferrari but Alonso hasn't given up.
It looks like Webber has the position now.
|M Webber on lap 52|
Five laps to go.
|Paul di Resta||Unknown||46|
Three wide as Schumacher and Massa get past Alguersuari. The three battling for 11th place.
Rosberg has passed Button for 5th place.
Three wide at the final turn.
Two laps remaining, Vettel is starting to close up to traffic.
Kovalainen has stopped for a third time, leaving D'Ambrosio the only driver on a two-stopper. He is 20th, with just two cars behind him.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: Nick passes Buemi to get into 7th
Sebastian Vettel wins the Turkish Grand Prix!
Webber comes in second and Alonso third.
73 pit stops in total today.
Comment from Alex Andronov: Most pitstops since Donnington 93
Buemi and Kobayashi the big surprises in there!
Christian Horner: "It's a very sweet victory today. Brilliantly executed by both drivers. Fantastic pit work, great strategy."
The race this year is about two minutes longer than this time last year, which Martin Brundle puts down to tyre degradation.
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: First podium for Ferrari in the season with Fernando 3rd. A pity for Felipe, who finished 11th due to problems in two pit stops
The three make their way to the podium and the National Anthem plays out.
Another race with very low retirements. Just Paul di Resta, who pulled to a stop midway through, and Glock who didn't start.
The trophies are handed out. Alonso looks very happy with his third place trophy.
Tweet from @HispaniaRacing: The Grand Prix finished and both cars make it over the finish line #F1 #HispaniaRacing
Martin Whitmarsh: "To leave here with Lewis still in the drivers championship is a reasonable situation... but we had a number of things going on in the race itself. We had problems at the beginning... I think Lewis showed some good race pace but by that time we couldn't do anything with it. I think three stops, even for someone like Jenson was a stop too short... We had some exciting moments between our drivers on the race track, and we had some exciting moments on the pit lane, so I hope we put on a good show."
The podium lineup.
The final gap to the lead.
Ross Brawn: "We knew we had a bit of a vulnerability on high fuel. We'll have to think again how we approach our priorities over a weekend. When we got into the race we started blistering the rear tyres, which we hadn't seen in practice. With a shortened practice with the rain... we hadn't seen that problem. I think what's clear in racing is that qualifying is the least critical thing now."
Press Conference Quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "We had a smooth race, a good start which was crucial. I was able to pull a gap right in the first stint which was important... All in all I've always had three, four to eight second cushion to the second guy. It makes my life and our lives a bit easier to find out which strategy works.
"I'm very happy obviously... I had an accident on Friday and crashed the car badly, but all the guys helped a lot. Together they fixed the car. It meant some extra hours for them which I'm sorry for but I think yesterday and today makes up for it."
Press Conference Quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "It wasn't easy to know what was going to happen. We have a rough idea about tyres and how long they will last. You really have to wait for the first and second stint to see the trend.
"I think it was the right thing to come in another time, even though it was a very short fourth stint. We were very much in control and I'm happy with how we communicate in the race. I think since China we have made a step forward. We have to make sure we keep this momentum into the next race."
Press Conference Quotes - Mark Webber: "The start wasn't that easy out of that side of the grid... as we saw last race, starting 18th, it doesn't matter. Spent a few laps trying to clear Nico. Got a bit of a gap but I was then a bit on the back foot from there. The guys pitted me a bit earlier than I expected. That's the way we went, and we'd made our bed in terms of strategy from then on.
"The fight with Fernando was a bit unexpected. He drove a great race. That was part of it, but I think the tyres played a huge role here. Congratulations to Seb, another victory, he's on a roll, but that was the maximum I could get today."
Press Conference Quotes - Fernando Alonso: "We did a good weekend overall. The car performed a bit better than we did in the first two races, so finally we enjoyed racing again and enjoyed a race fighting for the podium positions. Changing second and third position through the race... finally we enjoy racing again.
"As Mark said, we lost a bit of time behind Rosberg at the beginning of the race. We lost any possibility of fighting with Vettel for P1, so we concentrate on P2. We used the DRS and I was able to overtake him, and then in the last part of the race it was more or less the opposite. We had a bit of a disadvantage with tyre degradation. Next time, we'll try again."
Tweet from @clubforce: Update on Paul - the team spotted a problem in the pit stop and asked him to park the car
Interview with a not particularly happy Jenson Button: "I think most people were on my strategy initially. Because most of them damaged their tyres on the first stint, they changed their strategy. We didn't. We didn't leave the stops late enough. The tyres were good at the end of every stop we came in. We should have stayed out longer.
"You're not racing anymore, you're trying your best to get the most out of the car but... you're a sitting duck. They just come past you and you can't do anything.
"It was good fun, it's a pity to finish so far back after everything in the first stint seemed to be good. Strategy-wise... something we did wrong."
Lewis Hamilton: "It was just one of those races, I think. Of course, the pit stops is somewhere we can always improve. I think I lost a lot of ground when I tried to go round the outside of Webber. I had too much front wing in the car."
Thus, the fourth race of the season is done and dusted. Red Bull continue to be dominant, but Ferrari have improved massively this weekend.
Rosberg had great qualifying pace but failed to capitalise on it in the race. Ross Brawn admits they need to refocus their priorities in the future.
Kobayashi did a great job, as did Buemi. Neither Williams driver finished in the points, with Maldonado having to serve a drive through penalty as well.
Paul di Resta suffered his first retirement of the year, but had shown good pace beforehand. Another generally clean race by all, except perhaps car-magnet Michael Schumacher.
The teams will now pack up and move on to Spain, where the European season will start proper in two weeks time.
I hope you'll be watching and commenting, and of course, enjoying the race with me here on the Factbyte Factbox.
Until then, fact fans, it is au revoir and not goodbye.
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