Hamilton’s tyres lead to second place

Felipe Massa drove an exemplary race to win the Turkish Grand Prix for the third time, with Lewis Hamilton coming in to second place, after a third stop cost him his pole position.

Hamilton led after overtaking the Brazilian driver during lap 24 but the heat took its toll on the car, and the McLaren-Mercedes team called him in to the pit.

Lewis Hamilton told the BBC: "It doesn’t particularly matter whether you win or not.

"It’s whether you drive 100 per cent, it’s whether you extract the most out of the car. It’s one of those where you end the race and you ask yourself and the team: ‘Could we have done a better job?’ And I strongly feel we couldn’t. I was always checking my tyre on the exit of turn eight because last year coming out of there, my tyre exploded. There’s nothing worse than having a tyre blow out at 200mph, so we tried to avoid that."

Kimi Raikkonen leads the driver’s table with 35 points over Massa and Hamilton, both on 28 points. Ferrari are dominating the manufacturers’ table over BMW Sauber, with the next F1 race in Monaco on the Bank Holiday weekend May 23rd, May 24th and May 25th.


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