Twelve months on from his breakthrough maiden win, Felipe Massa has pulled off another crucial Turkish Grand Prix victory, although the importance of this triumph comes under very different circumstances.

Massa's first season with Ferrari surged in 2006 after winning in Istanbul last year, the Brazilian going a long way to silence the critics that questioned the team's decision to promote him by scoring well in the latter stages of the season.

However, fast forward twelve months and Massa's win comes as he attempts to claw back ground in the fight for this year's championship, his triumph duly closing the gap to leader Lewis Hamilton to 15 points.

A text book performance, Massa - as he did last year - got a strong start to claim an early lead and despite a brief period when team-mate Kimi Raikkonen got to within a second of him before the final round of pit stops, he would never be troubled as he rolled out a 2.2secs winner.

"This is becoming a special place for me! It is a really great win! I maintained my concentration for the whole race, trying to control the situation. Only towards the end of the second stint did I make a small mistake at Turn 7 which cost me the gap I had over Kimi, who closed right up to me. I made a very good start and the car behaved perfectly even though it has to be said it was a difficult race.

His third win of the season, Massa is hoping the result kick starts a similar strong run of form as it did last year, starting off with his adoptive home round of Monza in two weeks.

"Today's result is a great encouragement when looking to the final part of the season. It is fantastic to head to Monza after a weekend like this. We must continue to work in this same way and give it our best shot."

 

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