Felipe Massa has won the Turkish Grand Prix after staving off the race long attentions of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but Lewis Hamilton's race was ruined by a puncture in the latter stages.

Getting away well at the start, Massa and Raikkonen, who leapfrogged Hamilton, led into the first corner and held station in those positions for the remainder of the race.

However, while Hamilton looked comfortable in third position, a delaminated tyre with 19 laps remaining prompted him to complete half a lap of the Istanbul Park circuit at low speed, dropping him to fifth once he re-emerged from the pit lane.

Fernando Alonso inherited third, a fair distance behind the Ferraris after having to battle back past the BMWs of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld whom he lost out to at the start. Heidfeld made the most of Hamilton's problems for fourth.

Heikki Kovalainen produced a fine performance to finish sixth, just behind Hamilton, but well ahead of Nico Rosberg and Kubica, the latter seeing a low-fuel strategy at the start fail to pay off when he slipped down the order as the race progressed.

Full report to follow

 

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