Massa heads Ferrari one-two as red tide turns in Turkey 26 Aug 2007
Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen finished first and second in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix after a dominant performance from Ferrari in Istanbul.
Fernando Alonso was a distant third for McLaren, cutting team mate Lewis Hamilton's championship lead to just five points. Hamilton came home fifth behind BMW's Nick Heidfeld after a late puncture.
Whatever chance Hamilton had of victory - and it was always a slim one given the pace of the Ferraris - disappeared when his MP4-22s right-front Bridgestone tyre failed on the 43rd lap.
The F2007s of Massa and Raikkonen had run ahead of him all the way (barring the first pit stops), and had just made their last ones (lap 41 for the Finn, lap 42 for the Brazilian) when bad luck struck the Englishman.
He was very fortunate to be able to limp back to the pits for his final set of tyres - the medium (softer) compound for the first time - and resumed fifth. Crucially, however, Alonso had swept by to take third place, with Heidfeld fourth.
The result moves Massa to third place overall again in the driver standings with 69 points, one ahead of Raikkonen, but now Alonso is back within five points of Hamilton, 79 to 84.
Until that moment of drama it was a relatively quiet race, especially since only Red Bulls Mark Webber and Spykers Adrian Sutil retired, on laps nine and 55 respectively.
Massa led throughout, while Raikkonen beat Hamilton off the line and hunted his team mate down just before their second stops, but could not mount a real challenge. Thereafter they toured home, just as Alonso toured round in third well ahead of Heidfeld after initially dropping behind both BMWs at the start.
Raikkonen amused himself by dropping 7.4s back on lap 56 before setting the fastest lap of the race - 1m 27.295s - on lap 57. By the flag he was 2.2s adrift of Massa, with Alonso a further 23.9s behind.
After Heidfeld and Hamilton, another strong drive from Heikki Kovalainen reaped sixth place for Renault. With Hamilton nursing a damaged front wing following his puncture, the Finn could sense fifth, but in the end crossed the line a second adrift of the McLaren. Behind them Nico Rosberg put in a great performance to keep his Williams just ahead of Robert Kubicas BMW Sauber for the final points.
Giancarlo Fisichella was ninth from David Coulthard in the Red Bull and Alex Wurz in the Williams, and behind them Toyota and Honda staged a spirited battle over 12th that fell eventually to a lapped Ralf Schumacher from Jenson Button and Super Aguris Anthony Davidson.
Tonio Liuzzi made a brilliant start and drove a stormer to hold off Davidson until the second stops, and by the flag kept Jarno Trullis Toyota in his Toro Rossos mirrors as he took 15th. Trulli had a miserable afternoon from the start, when he was tipped into a spin at Turn One, dropping him from ninth on the grid to 21st on lap one.
Rubens Barrichello was an unhappy 17th from Takuma Satos Super Aguri, with a lacklustre-looking Sebastian Vettel struggling initially to stay ahead of Sutils Spyker. He finished ahead of it after his fellow German lost a lot of time during his first pit stop before stopping with three laps to go, but by the flag the only running car behind him was Sakon Yamamotos Spyker.
In the constructors championship, McLaren retain their lead with148 points to Ferraris 137, while BMW Sauber are still a healthy third on 78.