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Nic Ladds 29th May 2010 - 13:17

F1: Mark Webber maintains 100% qualification record at Turkish GP

Australia's Mark Webber has put the Red Bull team on Pole Position for the seventh straight race of the 2010 F1 season.

Turkey is Webber's third straight Pole Position and now at a price of 4/5 for the race win, it's looking more than likely that the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix will be the Aussie's third straight victory following cracking drives in both Spain and Monaco.

It now appears safe to think of Red Bull and qualification as banker selections, as the leading constructor has now qualified in P1 for every single race of the 2010 season.

P3 Vettel and P1 ‘s Webber now share the drivers' championship lead, although his double race win places Webber as the leading driver. Will he take the sole lead ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix?

Mark Webber "It hasn't been the smoothest of weekends, but if you are going to have a problem with the engine we picked the right time to have it." He continued, "This wasn't the easiest practice 3, and we were on the back foot, but in the end it turned out ok."

2008 drivers champion Lewis Hamilton (3/1) appeared satisfied in splitting the Red Bull's after gaining a P2 start for race day and may fancy his chances on Sunday.

In prime position to challenge entering the first corner (a left turn in this - the first of four anti-clockwise tracks of the season), Lewis' McLaren has the pace and providing he can make it to the finish this week, an odds-on Lewis Hamilton podium finish looks a sure thing.

"I was very, very happy, and couldn't have asked for anything more," said Hamilton. "It's a real boost for the team, and our race pace is even better."

McLaren's Jensen Button will be eyeing Hamilton's rear diffuser after the current world champion showed enough pace to snatch P4.

He'll be in the points come the race finish, although I do feel Jensen won't make too much of a mark this weekend. He just doesn't look willing to take any risks at the moment.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher (28/1 for the win) will be pleased to have got the better of teammate Nico Rosberg (40/1) again this week, the legend nailing a P5 only .100s faster than P6 teammate Rosberg who remains very much in the shadow of his teammate.

The younger German was the last man to get into the 1min26's in Turkey's Saturday qualification, with just over half a second splitting the top six drivers.

The massive price of 40/1 for a turkish Grand Prix win  illustrates Fernando Alonso's frustrating period at Ferrari.

With an inconsistent season following his 2010 opening victory, Alonso's form is fluctuating and after an error from the double world champion, Spain's sweetheart was out of the running by the end of Q2, forced to sit and watch as the cream-of-the-crop battled it out.

Although Felipe Massa was unable to add a fourth Pole to his Turkish tally, beating Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso will be another personal victory for the Brazilian.

This was the second consecutive race where Alonso did not take part in the Q3 qualification session and Ferrari... will not be happy. Formula One fans on the other hand get to watch the speedy Spaniard weaving his way through the traffic.

On the other hand Alonso's error did allow Kamui Kobayashi (200/1 for victory) of Sauber into the top ten for the second time this season.

Only 18 points covering the top 8 drivers and with 25 points for a win, the season is a long long way from being over.

30 May 2010 | Istanbul Park |Number of Laps: 58 | Circuit Length: 5.338 km | Race distance 309.396 km | Lap Rec: 1:24.770 - JP Montoya (2005)



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