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Prac Three: Massa tops the Toyotas in Turkey

Saturday 6th June 2009

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Prac Three: Massa tops the Toyotas in Turkey

Prac Three: Massa tops the Toyotas in Turkey

Felipe Massa's chances of bagging a fourth successive Turkish GP victory were given a boost on Saturday when the Ferrari proved to be the quickest man around the Istanbul Park circuit.

Massa, who struggled for pace on Friday afternoon in the wind, made the most of the morning's clear conditions to post a 1:27.983 to edge the Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock.

Report: The final practice session for the Turkish GP got underway in warm conditions with the track temperature already up to 39'C. Timo Glock, Giancarlo Fisichella, Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica were the first drivers out, however, it must be noted that the were very, very few fans in the stands watching the action. A disappointing turnout for what could be one of the better race weekends of the Championship.

Felipe Massa was the first to venture out for a lap time, the Brazilian crossing the line with a 1:30.238. He was joined by Jarno Trulli with the Toyota driver three-tenths adrift. Massa continued lapping, taking a second off his time as Adrian Sutil, Glock and Fisichella enter the fray. The Ferrari driver improves to a 1:28.5 with Trulli, Sutil, Glock, Kazuki Nakajima, Robert Kubica and Fernando Alonso lining up behind him on the timesheets.

Jenson Button, who had a disappointing time on Friday, took second place while Heikki Kovalainen, the quickest man on Friday, went P5 ahead of Rubens Barrichello. And with the wind having died down a lot compared to the previous day, the drivers were definitely finding it easier to keep their cars on the track.

Sebastien Bourdais put his Toro Rosso up into seventh place, before he was knocked down one place as Barrichello went quickest with a 1:28.514. Nico Rosberg took third place while Kimi Raikkonen improved to fourth ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg's next lap saw him move up to first place as he took 0.150s off Barrichello's time. Button improved to third with Hamilton taking fourth and Mark Webber going eighth. Massa, though, overhauled Hamilton to take fourth off the Brit.

Massa continued lapping with the Ferrari driver returning to the top of the timesheets, a position he occupied earlier in the session. The Brazilian took the slot with a 1:28.253. Nelson Piquet, who only ventured out half way through the session, improved to fourth place while his team-mate Alonso was down in P19. Massa took two-tenths off his time. Raikkonen improved to third place as Ferrari appeared to have put their issues from Friday aside.

Button, complaining of understeer, moved up to seventh place, behind Piquet and ahead of Hamilton and Vettel. The track went quiet moments later as the drivers all pitted for new tyres, fuel and final tweeks before hitting the track in the hope of topping the timesheets.

Pushing hard, Glock lost control at Turn 1, spinning his TF109. He was, however, able to continue and went second quickest on his next lap while Button moved up to fourth place behind his team-mate. Glock and the Brawns, though, were quickly dropped by Trulli before Kubica and then Nakajima went fourth.

Times
01 F. Massa Ferrari 1:27.983 26 laps
02 J. Trulli Toyota 1:28.022 21 laps
03 T. Glock Toyota 1:28.094 23 laps
04 K. Nakajima Williams 1:28.122 19 laps
05 R. Kubica BMW 1:28.320 20 laps
06 R. Barrichello Brawn GP 1:28.332 21 laps
07 J. Button Brawn GP 1:28.360 19 laps
08 N. Rosberg Williams 1:28.364 19 laps
09 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.415 16 laps
10 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:28.451 18 laps
11 N. Piquet jr. Renault 1:28.503 15 laps
12 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:28.563 19 laps
13 M. Webber Red Bull 1:28.678 18 laps
14 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:28.715 19 laps
15 H. Kovalainen McLaren 1:28.738 19 laps
16 A. Sutil Force India F1 1:29.050 18 laps
17 S. Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:29.076 19 laps
18 S. Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:29.167 21 laps
19 F. Alonso Renault 1:29.261 15 laps
20 G. Fisichella Force India F1 1:29.421 17 laps

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