Felipe Massa branded his fifth pole position of the season as 'sensational' after defying most predictions to snatch the top spot for the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.

Although pole position was always expected to come from either one of four ways, Massa was the only one of those drivers who had not experienced a stint at the head of the timesheets over the course of the weekend.

However, after setting the pace on his first flying lap during the shootout for pole position, Massa went on to deny Lewis Hamilton's best attempts by edging him out by a mere five thousandths of a second.

Together with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen making a mistake on his best lap, it allowed Massa to repeat the maiden pole position he scored at the Turkish circuit in 2006, a race he went on to win. Twelve months on, the Brazilian is keen to repeat that feat.

"Sensational! After a nightmare of a weekend in Budapest I am very happy to have taken pole this afternoon. It was a very hard fight, right down to the nearest thousandth of a second. In the first two qualifying sessions I was not perfect, but I gave it my best shot in Q3, when the car was really well balanced. I am optimistic, because I think we are very competitive in race trim.

"The final corners on this track are very important because it is easy to lose a lot of time in a short distance. In Q3, I tried not to be too aggressive. I hope I get a good start and that our strategy turns out to be the right one. It would be great to repeat last year's result."

 

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