Ralf Schumacher was the surprise casualty of the first knockout phase in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, the German condemned to start the race from 18th on the grid.

Thought to be a contender for a top ten starting position having proved on the pace in free practice, Schumacher's first lap placed him on the cusp of the drop down zone and when his second attempt proved only a minimal improvement, the German would fail to progress further than the top 16 for the fourth time this season.

Part of the reason why Schumacher failed to progress was down to a superb lap by Anthony Davidson, who looked comfortably out before pumping in a lap in the final seconds that vaulted him up into the top ten.

The other five drivers who would fail to qualify were less of a surprise, Vitantonio Liuzzi dumped out by a final lap from Rubens Barrichello and being forced to start 17th, with Schumacher 18th, Takuma Sato a disappointed 19th given Davidson's pace, Sebastian Vettel 20th, Adrian Sutil 21st and Sakon Yamamoto 22nd, the latter experiencing a spin at turn nine.

Up at the front, Kimi Raikkonen was fastest, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton, while BMW also look solid in fifth and sixth.

 

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