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Massa maintains Turkey grip

Ferrari's Felipe Massa maintained his grip on the Turkish F1 grand prix at Istanbul Park after winning his third race in a row from pole.

Massa never let off after starting the race from pole and I think McLaren's Lewis Hamilton gave him a close check throughout the race as he came second.

It was good to see Hamilton near the level he was last year and he must be thinking a win must be around the corner for him after coming second in the previous race in Barcelona.

I thought Kimi Raikkonen did well to finish on the podium after the bad start he had and it was good that he avoided collision with Heikki Kovalainen on the first corner.

Massa has now cut Raikkonen's lead at the top to just seven points and I think Raikkonen knows that he now has a lot of work to do if he is to move away from his team mate and also Hamilton.

BMW Sauber's drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld took fourth and fifth place respectively, positions that they are now quite familiar with. I don't think Kubica did threaten Raikkonen's third place that much and that must be a worry for BMW but on the other hand their cars are very consistent.

Former champion Fernando Alonso had to settle for sixth place just ahead of Mark Webber who dropped to seventh by the end after what I thought was a good start.

Alonso's lack of pace in his Renault was so evident when Raikkonen easily overtook him in the early stages of the race.

Williams once again continued to score points in every race this season and this time it was the chance for Nico Rosberg who finished in the last points position.

His team mate Kazuki Nakajima retired after just one lap after an accident on the first corner with Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella.

Whilst Massa was winning for the third time in a row Fisichella was having an accident on the first corner for the third time in a row. I hope he will fare better next season.

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