F1 Team Form: Turkish Grand Prix

Ferrari have the most wins at Istanbul Park, Red Bull have taken pole in the last three races at the track and Renault have never failed to qualify in the top ten. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Turkish Grand Prix!


MERCEDES

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

Mercedes have competed at the Turkish Grand Prix twice, in 2010 and 2011. The team has not scored a podium at the event, with their best result being fourth place for Michael Schumacher in 2010. From their two appearances, Schumacher’s twelfth place in 2011 is the only entry with which they have failed to score. The Brackley-based team have also appeared at Istanbul Park as BAR Honda, Honda and Brawn GP. Jenson Button won here for the latter team in 2009. Honda failed to score at the track in both 2007 and 2008. Rubens Barrichello is the only driver to record a retirement for the team under any of its guises at this circuit. He failed to finish the race in 2009.

Mercedes’ best Turkish Grand Prix qualifying result is third place for Nico Rosberg in 2011. Both of the team’s cars reached Q3 in both 2010 and 2011. The team’s best qualifying result prior to that is Jenson Button’s front row start for Brawn GP in 2009.


FERRARI

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 7

After failing to score points in the first Turkish Grand Prix in 2005, Ferrari went on to win the next three races at Istanbul Park, with the team recording double podium finishes in all three years. The team recorded a 1-2 finish in 2007. In the last race at the circuit, in 2011, Fernando Alonso scored the team’s first podium at the Turkish Grand Prix since 2008 as he finished in third place. The 2005 Turkish Grand Prix remains the only Istanbul Park race in which Ferrari have failed to score, while Felipe Massa’s retirement from that race remains their only DNF at the track.

Ferrari locked out the front row for the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006, and Felipe Massa went on to take a further two pole positions for the team at the circuit in the following two seasons. Since 2008, Fernando Alonso is the only Ferrari driver to qualify in the top five at the event, doing so with fifth place in 2011. 2005 is the only in which neither Ferrari driver qualified in the top ten for the Turkish Grand Prix, while 2010 is the only other year when a Ferrari driver has failed to qualify inside the top ten.


RED BULL

WINS: 1, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 5

At the last Turkish Grand Prix, Red Bull became the third team to have recorded a 1-2 finish at Istanbul Park, with Sebastian Vettel winning and Mark Webber finishing as runner-up. That race was a smoother affair than one year previously, when the pair famously clattered into each other, with Vettel retiring and Webber finishing third. 2009 is the only other year in which Red Bull have recorded a podium result at the circuit, with both drivers finishing in the top three. 2006 and 2007 are the only years where Red Bull have failed to score at the event; with those two years also being the only times a Red Bull car has failed to reach the chequered flag in Turkey (David Coulthard in 2006 and Mark Webber in 2007).

Red Bull took pole position at all of the last three Turkish Grands Prix and locked out the front row in 2011. Both cars have qualified in the top ten at Istanbul Park in every race here since 2008, while Christian Klien, who qualified tenth in 2005, is their only other top ten qualifier at the track. David Coulthard recorded the team’s worst qualifying result at the venue, and their only Q1 exit here, in 2006.


McLAREN

WINS: 2, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 6

McLaren have taken victory at the Turkish Grand Prix twice – with Kimi Raikkonen in 2005, and with Lewis Hamilton in 2010. The team scored a 1-2 finish at the circuit in 2010. McLaren have taken six podium finishes in total at the circuit. 2009 is the only season in which the team failed to score at the track, while Raikkonen recorded their only other non-points finish with a DNF here in 2006.

McLaren have one pole position to their name at the Turkish Grand Prix, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen in 2005. They have had a further three front row starts since then, in 2007, 2008 and 2010. The team has qualified with both cars in the top six in four of the last five races at Istanbul Park. The exception was in 2009, when Heikki Kovalainen was eliminated in Q2 and Lewis Hamilton recorded the team’ worst qualifying result with a Q1 exit and sixteenth on the grid. Pedro de la Rosa’s twelfth place in 2006 is the only other occasion that a McLaren driver has failed to reach Q3 in Turkey.


RENAULT

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 2

Renault have recorded two podium finishes at the Turkish Grand Prix, with second place finishes for Fernando Alonso in both 2005 and 2006. The team has a 100% finish rate at the circuit, with none of their drivers having recorded a retirement. The 2009 Turkish Grand Prix is the only Istanbul Race in which the team has failed to score, though even in that race Alonso finished in tenth place.

Renault are the only team to have qualified in the top ten on every appearance at the Turkish Grand Prix. Their best qualifying result here is second place for Giancarlo Fisichella in 2005. Fernando Alonso also qualified in the top three that season. The team’s drivers have qualified in seventh and ninth in each of their last two visits to the track. The only Renault driver who has failed to qualify in the top ten at Istanbul Park is Nelson Piquet Jnr., who qualified in seventeenth in both 2008 and 2009.


ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

The Red Bull junior team scored their first points at Istanbul Park at the last Turkish Grand Prix. Sebastien Buemi finished ninth in 2011, beating their previous best result of twelfth, which was recorded by Jaime Alguersuari in the previous season. From their twelve entries at the circuit, Toro Rosso failed to finish only twice, with a retirement for Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2006 and a non-finish for Sebastien Bourdais in 2008.

A Toro Rosso driver never appeared in Q3 at the Turkish Grand Prix, with the team’s best qualifying result being fourteenth. That result was recorded by Sebastian Vettel in 2008 and Sebastien Buemi in 2010. The team had both cars eliminated in Q1 at the track in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Both cars reached Q2 in the last two races at the circuit.


RACING POINT

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

This will be the first and last outing for the Racing Point name at the Turkish Grand Prix, though the team have previously appeared here in their Jordan, Midland, Spyker and Force India guises. From their seven previous appearances, the Silverstone-based team has scored only once at Istanbul Park, with a ninth place finish for Adrian Sutil in 2010. That year was the first since the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix that both of the team’s cars reached the chequered flag. In the most recent Turkish Grand Prix, Sutil finished thirteenth for Force India while Paul di Resta retired.

The team is yet to qualify higher up the grid than eleventh at the Turkish Grand Prix, with that best result being recorded by Adrian Sutil in 2010. The team recorded double Q1 exits as Spyker in 2007 and as Force India in 2008. The last race here in 2011 marked the first time that both of the team’s cars reached Q2 at Istanbul Park.


ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

While this will be the first race at Istanbul Park for the Alfa Romeo name, the Sauber team competed in all seven previous Turkish Grands Prix. Sauber scored in all of the last five races at the track, with a best result of fourth recorded by Nick Heidfeld in 2007 and Robert Kubica in 2008. From their fourteen entries, Felipe Massa is the only Sauber driver to record a retirement at the Turkish Grand Prix. He was out on Lap 29 in 2005.

The last race in Turkey, in 2011, marked the first time that neither Sauber driver qualified in the top ten at Istanbul Park. The team reached Q3 with both cars in 2006, 2007 and 2008, with a best qualifying result of fifth – recorded by Robert Kubica in 2007 and 2008. Kamui Kobayashi recorded the team’s first Q1 exit at the track in 2011 after failing to set a qualifying time. He fought back in the race to tenth place and picked up a point.


HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

Haas are the only team with no past experience at the Turkish Grand Prix. The event last appeared on the calendar in 2011, five years before the team joined the sport.


WILLIAMS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

Williams last scored at the Turkish Grand Prix in 2009, when Nico Rosberg recorded the team’s best result at the circuit with fifth place. Rosberg is the only driver to have scored for Williams at Istanbul Park, having also finished seventh in 2007 and eighth in 2008. Williams have recorded four retirements at the circuit, including a double DNF in the first race here in 2005.

2005 is the only season in which both Williams drivers qualified in the top ten for the Turkish Grand Prix, with Nick Heidfeld recording the team’s best qualifying result at the track with sixth place. Since then, the team have qualified in the top ten three times – tenth for Mark Webber in 2006, eighth for Nico Roberg in 2007 and ninth, also for Rosberg, in 2009. Kazuki Nakajima is the only Williams driver to record a Q1 exit at Istanbul Park, doing so in 2008.

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