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Mention Istanbul Park and talk immediately turns to Turn Eight, the multi-apex left-hander that has become one of the classic corners on the F1 calendar. It's going to be tough on tyres, so the focus will again be very much on Pirelli's rubber. On top of that, several long straights will place a premium on KERS and DRS performance. Teams and drivers discuss the challenge that will be the Turkish Grand Prix

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Turkey preview quotes - HRT, Sauber, Mercedes, Renault & more

Mention Istanbul Park and talk immediately turns to Turn Eight, the multi-apex left-hander that has become one of the classic corners on the F1 calendar. It's going to be tough on tyres, so the focus will again be very much on Pirelli's rubber. On top of that, several long straights will place a premium on KERS and DRS performance. Teams and drivers discuss the challenge that will be the Turkish Grand Prix

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FIA press conference schedule - Turkey

China race winner Lewis Hamilton is among the six drivers who will face the press in Istanbul on Thursday, while on Friday it's the turn of senior team personnel such as Red Bull's Christian Horner to answer the questions. The line-up in full

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FIA Thursday press conference - Turkey

Drivers - Timo Glock (Virgin), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Vitaly Petrov (Renault) and Adrian Sutil (Force India).

Q: Timo, I think a little bit of a frustrating start to the season for you judging from your comments recently?


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Practice One - Alonso tops wet Turkish session

The rain made Friday's first practice session in Turkey something of a lottery, and as Fernando Alonso dominated it by 1.4s ahead of the Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, world champion Sebastian Vettel returned to the pits on foot after heavily shunting his Red Bull on the exit to the infamous Turn Eight.

Opinion was divided whether to run, and risk wearing out a set of wet Pirellis, or to do as few laps as possible.

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Practice Two - Button edges out Rosberg in Istanbul

Jenson Button headed the second practice session at Istanbul Park on Friday afternoon, after the rain had dried up and left conditions cool but dry.

The 2009 champion lapped in 1m 26.456s, 0.065s ahead of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes and 0.577s ahead of McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton; the latter duo lapped in 1m 26.521s and 1m 27.033s respectively. Michael Schumacher had another spin, but was close to Hamilton with 1m 26.063s, as Mercedes' form carried over from China

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Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso may have set the pace during the wet opening session, but it was McLaren's Jenson Button who was quickest once some sunshine had dried the track. Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, had a troubled day with a crash in the morning ruling him out of running in the afternoon. The leading teams and their rivals reflect on their early progress at Istanbul Park?

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DHL the official title sponsor of 2011 Turkish race

DHL, the world's leading logistics company and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1?, has been officially announced as the title sponsor of this weekend's Istanbul race, which is now referred to as the 2011 FORMULA 1 DHL TURKISH GRAND PRIX. Ken Allen, DHL Express CEO, will present the trophy to the winning constructor on Sunday

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FIA Friday press conference - Turkey

Senior team personnel - Robert Fernley (Force India), Mike Gascoyne (Lotus), Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Martin Whitmarsh (Mercedes).

Q: Robert, Paul di Resta seems to be doing a particularly good job with the team, I think you will agree. Tell us how you came to get him and how he is in the team. Of course, he came from a slightly strange background in DTM

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Final practice - Vettel recovers in style

For a while it looked like old times as Michael Schumacher sat at the top of the timesheets, but then Sebastian Vettel showed that his accident yesterday had had little effect by setting the fastest time in the final free practice session this morning in Istanbul Park. By a thousandth of a second?

In a golden era for German motorsport, the reigning world champion just pipped the seven-time title holder, 1m 26.037s to 1m 26.038s.

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Re: Final practice - Vettel recovers in style

:shocking:That's so close it's unreal :crazy:
 

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Qualifying - Vettel eases to Istanbul Park pole

Sebastian Vettel's best lap of 1m 25.049s on his first run in Q3 was so dominant that he didn't need to make a second, yet still kept pole position.

But if that wasn't a gamble by Red Bull, keeping second-fastest Mark Webber in the garage was a little bit edgier, as the Mercedes, McLarens, Renaults and a lone Ferrari went out to challenge his 1m 25.454s best. In the end, Nico Rosberg's 1m 25.574s came closest for Mercedes and dislodged Lewis Hamilton's McLaren from third place, even though the Briton improved from 1m 25.618s to 1m 25.595s. Behind them, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso failed

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Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

Kamui Kobayashi on his very early exit after technical gremlins affected his Sauber; Williams' Rubens Barrichello on almost making it through to the top-ten shootout; Ferrari's Felipe Massa on why he failed to make an appearance in Q3; a disappointed Michael Schumacher on his eighth on the grid for Mercedes; and Sebastian Vettel on taking his fourth consecutive pole for Red Bull. All the drivers and leading team personnel report back on Saturday at Istanbul Park?

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FIA post-qualifying press conference - Turkey

Drivers: 1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2 - Mark Webber (Red Bull), 3 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

<b>Q: Sebastian, four poles out of a four this season. That is testament to your competitiveness this season?
Sebastian Vettel: </b>First of all apologies to the team and to the mechanics. I damaged the car pretty much

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Race - Vettel reigns supreme for Red Bull in Turkey

The only problem Sebastian Vettel had on his way to victory number three of 2011 in Turkey on Sunday afternoon came as he went into the penultimate lap and had to lap the duelling Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil in the last corner. Otherwise, he made it look easy.

Making it another great day for Red Bull, Mark Webber brought his RB7 home second after passing Fernando Alonso, who claimed Ferrari's first 2011 podium, on the 51st lap

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Turkish Grand Prix - selected team & driver quotes

Virgin's Timo Glock on the last-minute gearbox problems which stopped him racing; Ferrari's Felipe Massa and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton on their problematic pit stops; McLaren's Jenson Button and Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi on their three-stop strategy; Fernando Alonso on taking his first podium of the year; and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on stepping back on the winner's step of the podium. The drivers review their Sundays at Istanbul Park...

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FIA post-race press conference - Turkey

Drivers: 1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing); 2 - Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing); 3 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

Q: Sebastian, today most drivers needed to use Plan B but it all seemed to go very much to plan for you today.
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, I think we had a smooth race. Obviously a very good start which was crucial and then I was able to pull a gap, right at the first stint, which was important as we could then afford to stay out a lap longer, wait to see what the others are doing in terms of strategy and just react

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