While Sebastian Vettel secured a pole-to-flag victory in Istanbul, it was all-action further down the field with several drivers showing impressive form. Who was your Driver of the Day?
Crashed heavily in wet conditions during Friday’s first practice and lost valuable running time. However, he recovered impressively in qualifying to secure pole position with just one run, crucially saving an extra set of tyres for Sunday. Made a good start and controlled the race, pitting late on for a fresh set of tyres to cover off his rivals and secure victory. It was his third win out of four this season.
Started second, but struggled to get away from the dirty side of the grid at the start and lost a place to Rosberg. Managed to pass the German into Turn 12 after five laps and managed the gap to Vettel up front. Had an exciting race long battle with Alonso, eventually coming out on top to secure a Red Bull 1-2 and limit the damage to his championship hopes.
Secured Ferrari’s first podium of the season with an imposing drive to third. After overtaking Rosberg early on, he managed to keep pace with Webber’s Red Bull in second. Passed Webber during the race, but eventually lost out in the closing stages. Nevertheless, an encouraging performance from both driver and team.
The Japanese started 23rd after a fuel system problem saw him get knocked out of Q1. Undeterred, Kobayashi pulled off another pulsating drive through the field, rising as high as fifth before eventually coming home 10th. Showed once again that the Sauber is kind to its tyres by making a three-stop strategy work and could have been higher had he not suffered a puncture when clashing with Buemi.
Starting 16th, the Swiss driver drove a strong race, running as high as seventh before vibrations from his tyres saw him lose two places to the Renaults of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov in the closing stages. It was his first points finish in Turkey and second of the season to leave him 12th in the drivers’ championship.