Formula 1 – Turkish GP – Preview (with Video)


The summer holiday break is over now and the F1 circus is moving to Istanbul Park. This is one of the great new tracks (one great new track).

It is a home to the extremely challenging Turn 8. This is a long bumpy corner where drivers are exposed to 5Gs for around 7 seconds. It is this corner that makes the set up for race complicated. The long straights and smooth track require low downforce and low height set up of the car. But then the bumpy long Turn 8 comes and cars are prone to bottoming up. Once that happens the driver can turn into a passenger in no time.

It is important race for both Ferrari drivers. This race may be the one to decide which one of the Ferrari drivers will be backed by the team for the title challenge. Ferrari should be favourites to win here and begin their planned last 6 races winning streak. But it will not be easy. They have their own reliability issues to handle. And of course, there is McLaren with Hamilton and Alonso… And these 2 also have a lot to prove and fight for…

Here is the flying lap with Kimi Raikkonen

2006 Turkish Practice Video, Turn 8 in its best

Last year race brought a first F1 race win for Felipe Massa. This was also a race where Honda continued their good form after Button’s win in Hungary. What a difference does a year make… Video highlights:

In 2005 we had a bit of Montoya controversy. His off track excursions gifted 2nd place and 2 points to Alonso. This did not exactly help his team mate in his push for the title. It helped though Kimi to become one of the drivers with the biggest number of wins in a season without winning the title.

These are the top 10 places from the previous Turkish GP:

2006
1) Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:28:51.082
2) Fernando Alonso – Renault +5.5 sec
3) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari +5.6 sec
4) Jenson Button – Honda +12.3 sec
5) Pedro de la Rosa – McLaren-Mercedes +45.9 sec
6) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +46.5 sec
7) Ralf Schumacher – Toyota +59.3 sec
8)Rubens Barrichello – Honda +60.0 sec
9) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +1 Lap
10) Mark Webber – Williams-Cosworth +1 Lap

2005
1) Kimi Räikkönen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:24:34.454
2) Fernando Alonso – Renault +18.6 sec
3) Juan Pablo Montoya – McLaren-Mercedes +19.6 sec
4) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault +37.9 sec
5) Jenson Button – BAR-Honda +39.3 sec
6) Jarno Trulli – Toyota +55.4 sec
7) David Coulthard – RBR-Cosworth +69.2 sec
8)Christian Klien – RBR-Cosworth +71.6 sec
9) Takuma Sato – BAR-Honda +109.987 sec
10) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari +1 Lap

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2014 Teams and Drivers

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Sebastian VETTEL
Daniel RICCIARDO
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Fernando ALONSO
Kimi RAIKKONEN
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Jenson BUTTON
Kevin MAGNUSSEN
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Romain GROSJEAN
Pastor MALDONADO
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Nico ROSBERG
Lewis HAMILTON
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Adrian SUTIL
Esteban GUTIEREZ
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Sergio PEREZ
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