Ferrari, McLaren, Ferrari, McLaren in qualifying 25 Aug 2007
Ferrari's Felipe Massa loves Istanbul Park. After taking his first pole and his first win here last year, he grabbed pole again on Saturday afternoon by a hair from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, and their respective team mates were third and fourth.
After the switch to medium tyres and minimal fuel loads, it was Hamilton who set the final pace with 1m 27.373s, but just as McLaren were celebrating, Massa came barrelling out of the last turn to depose him with 1m 27.329s.
Kimi Raikkonen's chances evaporated when he made a slight error in the second Ferrari in the penultimate corner, leaving the Finn on 1m 27.546s, but that was sufficient to keep McLaren's Fernando Alonso down in fourth on 1m 27.574s.
Almost unnoticed in that excitement, Robert Kubica put in a splendid lap of 1m 27.722s to snatch fifth for BMW Sauber. Team mate Nick Heidfeld was sixth on 1m 28.037s, while Renault's Heikki Kovalainen and Nico Rosberg in the William's completed row four with 1m 28.491s and 1m 28.501s respectively.
Row five comprises Jarno Trulli's Toyota on 1m 28.740s, and Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault on 1m 29.322s.
Anthony Davidson's valiant efforts in Q1 and Q2 ultimately couldn't quite get Super Aguri through to Q3, but it was close as the Englishman lapped in 1m 28.002s on medium tyres. Behind him were Mark Webber (1m 28.013s for Red Bull), team mate David Coulthard (1m 28.100s), the Hondas, now in reverse order with Rubens Barrichello shading Jenson Button, 1m 28.188s to 1m 28.220s, and Alex Wurz, who went off on his first lap in the Williams and later recovered to 1m 28.390s for 16th.
Barrichello's ultimate lap of Q1, 1m 28.792s, was just sufficient to edge Tonio Liuzzi into oblivion by six-thousandths of a second, the Italian again comfortably outpacing his new team mate, Sebastian Vettel. Liuzzi lapped in 1m 28.798s, Vettel in 1m 29.408s. Between them were Ralf Schumacher in 18th for Toyota on 1m 28.809s, and Takuma Sato for Super Aguri on 1m 28.953s.
On the back row, Adrian Sutil pulled it out over Spyker team mate Sakon Yamamoto with a lap of 1m 29.861s. The Japanese driver went off early in Turn 10 and spun there later, trying to better his lap of 1m 31.479s.