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Track Layout (from the FIA)

Will Ferrari dominate ?

The race in Hungary was run under changing conditions and we weren't able to see if Ferrari would dominate as they did in Germany.
The weather is expected to be warm and sunny in Turkey and so we should be able to see whether Ferrari can dominate again or will it be one of the Michelin runners this time.

Last year Ferrari struggled at this track, this year with far better tyres things could be different but expect a close race!.

Honda did finally win a race in Hungary but really need to win races under 'normal' conditions and that won't happen soon.

Michael Schumacher wins in Indianapolis

This will be the second year a Formula 1 race is run at the Herman Tilke designed track in Istanbul (track layout). The circuit offers a number of slow corners connected by a few short straights. The circuit which runs in a counter-clockwise direction also offers a number of elevation changes. Top speed is expected to reach 325 km/H on the back straight just before the two corners that lead into the main straight.
The first corner is a 90 degree left hander and that will make for an interesting start however as with all modern circuits, there are plenty of run-off areas and cars should go through without too many incidents.

Cars are expected to run with a high downforce configuration, tyre wear isn't high but turn 8 puts a lot of stress on the right front. 
With temperatures expected to reach the mid 30's under clear skies, track temperatures could reach the mid 50's making it another tough race on cars and drivers.

All the teams took a 3 week break from on-track testing.

Teams and Drivers to watch:

Renault's lead in both Championships continues to shrink. They could have extended the lead had Alonso not retired but in the end the gap got smaller after Hungary.
The banning of the mass damper system will continue to affect the team but given that they haven't used it in the last 2 races, you'd expect them to have a work around to the problem. They will be relying on Michelin to deliver a strong tyre. If that happens then they will have a chance.
Fernando Alonso had a chance to win in Hungary but his car failed him. This was his first non-finish in 23 races having finished in every race since France 2005. He will put in a good performance and if the package is right he can win.
Giancarlo Fisichella was disappointing in Hungary, he struggled in the wet when compared to his team-mate and ended up spinning off and damaging his car. Points will be likley in Turkey.

Ferrari struggled in the wet in Hungary and it was only when the track started to dry that they looked strong. The tyres were obviously a big factor as they will be again this weekend.
Michael Schumacher was lucky to get a point from Hungary after Kubica was disqualified. His racing towards the end of the race wasn't very tidy and ended up damaging his steering leading to his retirement. He is now 10 points behind Fernando Alonso and he will be determined to close the gap further and that is possible. Like Alonso, if he has the right package then a win is possible.
Felipe Massa struggled in Hungary and will be trying to bounce back in Turkey. Points likely.

McLaren looked strong in qualifying in Hungary but they did struggle a bit in the wet. Still de la Rosa finished second. They nearly finished 1-2 here last year and so they could challenge both Ferrari and Renault.
Kimi Raikkonen could win this race but it is unlikely. A podium is likely though.
Pedro de la Rosa would have gotten a boost from his second place result in Hungary. He needs to impress if he is to secure a race drive with a team next year.

Honda won in Hungary but don't expect them to win again this weekend. They will be lucky if they manage a car on the podium. They have major reliability problems and expect that to appear again this weekend!
Jenson Button got his badly needed win but he will want to win a race under normal conditions. Points possible.
Rubens Barrichello also has a good chance of finishing in the points.

Toyota like Honda are suffering from reliability problems. They need to get that sorted as they are losing important points because of that.
Ralf Schumacher finished 6th in Hungary. If his car lasts he should be able to score some points.
Trulli was unlucky to retire in Hungary due to an engine failure. He was in a good position to score some good points. If his car lasts he should score some points.

BMW Sauber are tied on points with Toyota following the podium finish by Nick Heidfeld. They would have been ahead of Toyota had Kubica not been disqualified!
Under normal conditions BMW Sauber can't score podiums and will struggle to score points this weekend.
Nick Heidfeld did well to finish on the podium. A repeat here is unlikely.
Robert Kubica who replaces Jacques Villeneuve did well and finished 7th before being disqualified. He needs to learn this track so expect him to struggle. Points unlikely!.

Red Bul are now 6 points ahead of Williams thanks to a good performance by David Coulthard in Hungary. A point or two may be possible in Turkey but not much more!

Williams had another double retirement in Hungary. One must assume that the only way for them is up but we've made that assumption in the past. Lets just hope they have a plan to recover in the coming seasons.

Toro Rosso were unlucky with Liuzzi getting hit by Kimi Raikkonen. Hungary is the kind of race teams like Toro Rosso score points but it wasn't to be. It will be hard for them to score any points here.

MF1 Racing lost an opportunity to score points in Hungary and that is unlikely to be repeated while Super Aguri do appear to be fast but they were unreliable. Expect more of the same!

Engine Status
1st Race Engine 2nd Race Engine

Giancarlo Fisichella
Jarno Trulli
Christian Klien
Pedro de la Rosa
Sakon Yamamoto

Felipe Massa
Rubens Barrichello
Ralf Schumacher
David Coulthard
Nick Heidfeld
Robert Kubica
Tiago Monteiro
Scott Speed
Takuma Sato
Christijan Albers
Jenson Button

Fernando Alonso  (can opt for a new engine)
Kimi Raikkonen  (can opt for a new engine)
Michael Schumacher  (can opt for a new engine)
Mark Webber  (can opt for a new engine)
Nico Rosberg  (can opt for a new engine)
Vitantonio Liuzzi  (can opt for a new engine)


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