Turkey shootout

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel pulled it out of the bag during qualifying in Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix, and not surprisingly, he looked pretty chuffed about it.

However, with Ross Brawn’s comments that Button and Barrichello will be stopping around lap 17 – Button will surely get the most optimal stop at the time – and DC saying that the Red Bull would be pitting, ‘probably two or three laps shorter,’ the Brawns are looking well placed for another win tomorrow.

We’ll have to wait until the official weights are posted later on though to get a true picture of who’s sitting where, but we’re surely in for a great race. (I’ll be driving to Cornwall in a bit though, so when you see the weights, please post them in the comments.)

Mark Webber also threw down a good run for fourth, just ahead of Toyota’s Jarno Trulli.

Both Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa’s Ferraris are in sixth and seventh respectively, which puts Massa’s fourth win in a row at Istanbul in doubt – barring any massive calamities for everyone in front of him.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso lies in eighth, Williams Nico Rosberg is in ninth, and Robert Kubica – in an improving BMW – in tenth.

Lewis Hamilton continued his nightmarish season, not managing to get his McLaren into Q2. Defending his World title from 16th on the grid is practically impossible.

For a full rundown of the qualifying times, check out BBC Sport’s site.

Go on, call the win tomorrow. I just can’t rule out Button, so my money’s on him.

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