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Aug 26, 2007 - 10:28 AM
August 26, 2007 
Istanbul Racing Circuit
Istanbul, Turkey
Race 12 of 17 in Grand Prix Series

Laps: 58
Track length: 3.316 miles
Race length: 192 miles

Lap Record: Juan Pablo Montoya, 1:24.770 (2005)


Fernando Alonso (Spain)
Team: McLaren
2007 Points: 73 (2nd)

Finished fourth at the Hungarian Grand Prix and now trails
rookie teammate and points leader Lewis Hamilton by seven
points; won the Grand Prix of Europe to climb within two points
of Hamilton; has finished in the top five in nine of 11 starts
this season; finished seventh at both the French and Canadian
Grands Prix; placed second at the Santander British Grand Prix
and was runner-up to Hamilton at Indianapolis; won at Monaco and
ran third at hometown Spanish Grand Prix; stormed to an easy
victory at Malaysia and registered a second-place finish in his
McLaren debut at Australia, finishing 7.2 seconds behind Kimi
Raikkonen; finished second to Felipe Massa a this race a year

Lewis Hamilton (Britain)
Team: McLaren 2007
Points: 80 (1st)

The points leader won the Hungarian Grad Prix and now leads
teammate Alonso by seven points; finished ninth at the Grand
Prix of Europe; took third in back-to-back races at the British
Grand Prix and Magny-Cours, after making history at Canada where
he became the first black driver to win a Formula One race;
followed that victory in Canada by winning the United States
Grand Prix; placed second in four consecutive races prior to his
back-to-back wins; rookie sensation has burst onto the circuit
by storm, running third at Australia and placing second at
Malaysia, Bahrain, Spain and Monaco; finished 18 seconds behind
Alonso at Malaysia and is first rookie in series history since
1964 to capture podium finishes in his first three races; also
is the first black driver in series history; has finished among
the top five in all but one start this year.

Nick Heidfeld
Team: BMW Sauber
2007 Points: 42 (5th)

Finished third in Hungary following consecutive sixth-place
finishes over the previous two races to remain fifth place in
the points standings; still seeking first win of the season;
opened the year with three consecutive fourth place finishes at
Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain; had best race of the season at
Canada where he finished second; forced to retire at Spain and
the United States Grand Prix; has six top-five finishes in 11
starts this year; finished 14th in this event last season.

Felipe Massa (Brazil)
Team: Ferrari 2007
Points: 59 (4th)

Finished 13th in Hungary to drop back to fourth in the standings;
had climbed up to third with a runner-up finish at the Grand
Prix of Europe after slipping to fourth following a fifth place
finish British Grand Prix; is 21 points behind Hamilton and
leads Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen by just a point; was
runner-up to Raikkonen at Magny-Cours; also was black-flagged at
Canada; ran third at Indianapolis and Monaco after capturing
two straight checkered flags at Bahrain and Spain; finished
fifth at Malaysia; kicked off his campaign with a sixth place at
Australia; has eight top five finishes in 11 starts this
season; won this race last season.

Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)
Team: Ferrari 2007
Points: 60 (3rd)

Finished second at Hungary to jump ahead of teammate Massa in
the standings; retired from the Grand Prix of Europe after
consecutive checkered flag wins at the British Grand Prix and
Magny-Cours; dropped to fourth in the standings behind Massa;
his three wins tie Alonso and Hamilton for the most on the
circuit this season and he has eight top-five finishes in 11
starts; finished fourth at Indianapolis and fifth at Canada;
struggled to eighth place at Monaco and retired due to
electrical problems at Spain, dropping him from first to fourth
in the standings; had a dazzling debut with new team Ferrari,
capturing the checkered flag in the season opener at Australia;
joined Ferrari after spending the last five years with McLaren;
retired from this event last season.

2006 Top 10

1. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari
2. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Renault
3. Michael Schumacher, Germany, Ferrari
4. Jenson Button, Great Britain, Honda
5. Pedro de la Rosa, Spain, McLaren-Mercedes
6. Giancarlo Fisichella, Italy, Renault
7. Ralf Schumacher, Germay, Toyota
8. Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Honda
9. Jarno Trulli,Italy, Toyota
10. Mark Webber, Australia, Williams-Cosworth

Past Champions

2006 Felipe Massa, Ferrari
2005 Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren-Mercedes

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