Ferrari have a seriously impressive winning streak going at the moment:
|Race||Kimi Raikkonen||Felipe Massa|
|2007 Chinese Grand Prix||1||3|
|2007 Brazilian Grand Prix||1||2|
|2008 Australian Grand Prix||8||DNF|
|2008 Malaysian Grand Prix||1||DNF|
|2008 Bahrain Grand Prix||2||1|
|2008 Spanish Grand Prix||1||2|
Their off-colour performance at Melbourne is the only blot in their last half-dozen races. Can anyone stop them in Istanbul?
Ferrari seemed to have a decisive few tenths of a second’s advantage over their closest rivals in Barcelona. In the last two races they’ve had both their drivers at the head of the pack within a couple of laps and dictated the pace of the race from there.
If either of their closest rivals – McLaren and BMW – can hold them back in Istanbul they need to begin on Saturday by getting ahead of them in qualifying.
In order to do that they probably need to run a little lighter on fuel. BMW have tried it a few times and Robert Kubica has looked like the driver best placed to do it.
McLaren on the other hand seem unwilling to run a lighter fuel load in qualifying. They have apparently been struggling with rear tyre wear, and if they ran a shorter first stint their later stints would have to be slightly longer as a result and might be too much for their tyres to take.
And McLaren and BMW now have the added complication of a resurgent Renault and Fernando Alonso, who seem able to get ahead of them (but not necessarily Ferrari), if they run light in qualifying.
It all points towards another one-two for Ferrari at a track where Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa have won all three of their previous races. I wouldn’t bet on anyone stopping them this weekend.