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Motor Racing: 10-1 Fisichella set to be a Turkish delight.

Byline: ADAM SCRIVEN

THE man behind all of the circuits to have debuted on the F1 calendar in recent years, Herman Tilke, is often criticised by purists for his characterless designs. However, in the Istanbul Speed Park the German has come up with a real corker of a racetrack.

All the teams struggled for grip during yesterday's qualifying and several of the drivers were caught out by the undulating twists and turns, including Jenson Button and both former world champions in the field, Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher.

As a result of the actionpacked qualifying hour, a number of the drivers will start 'out of position' on the grid, but with this track looking potentially the best of the season for overtaking that shouldn't make too much difference.

The key is the long, sweep-ing left-handed turn eight, which is three corners linked together, through which the drivers all took different lines and where many had slides. The turn leads on to a long straight with a tight corner at the end, which should be the scene of most of the action.

Kimi Raikkonen comfortably took pole and should win barring a repeat of the mechanical woes which have seemingly ruined his championship quest, but this is reflected in his odds. Team-mate Juan Montoya starts fourth on the grid after running early in qualifying following his Hungaroring breakdown, while the Renault pair of Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso form the meat in the McLaren sandwich.

While the Silver Arrows appear to have a speed advantage over the Renaults, it would not be a surprise if one or both of the French cars is able to overhaul Raikkonen on the run to the first corner.

Fisichella has had more than his share of bad luck since a fortuitous victory in the curtain-raiser in Australia, but two fourth places in the last three races show the level he is capable of. And after looking good all weekend, he pipped team-mate and championship leader Alonso for second on the grid after a stunning final sector of the lap. The Renault has looked a lot happier around this track than many other cars, and the affable Italian can make his first podium appearance since Oz. Recommendation G Fisichella 1pt each-way 10-1 (Totesport)

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2005
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