Q&A with Sam Michael

Q&A with Sam Michael

The Williams team was pleased to have returned to the top eight at last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix. Making great use of a strong start at Istanbul Park, Nico Rosberg added four points to the Grove-based team's 2009 tally with fifth place. Technical director Sam Michael reflects on a weekend which saw Williams move into the top six of the constructors' championship.
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2009 Turkish Formula 1 Grand Prix
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  1. Tuesday 9 June 2009

  2. Q&A with Sam Michael 05:00

    Q&A with Sam Michael

    The Williams team was pleased to have returned to the top eight at last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix. Making great use of a strong start at Istanbul Park, Ni...

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  3. Monday 8 June 2009

  4. Drivers call for cuts in ticket prices 13:47

    Drivers call for cuts in ticket prices

    Crowd attendances were down significantly for the Turkish Grand Prix last weekend. Although the inaugural race of 2005 may have caused hour-long traffic...

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  5. We will go to another championship, warns Massa 12:32

    We will go to another championship, warns Massa

    Felipe Massa has criticised the FIA's approach to proposing rule changes for the 2010 season, believing that the manner in which the governing body has set...

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  6. FOTA agrees to oust KERS for 2010 12:13

    FOTA agrees to oust KERS for 2010

    The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) has agreed to cease use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) from next season onwards. The device, which...

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  7. Horner pleased with Red Bull effort 06:00

    Horner pleased with Red Bull effort

    Christian Horner was satisfied to see his two Milton Keynes-made Red Bull Racing cars finish second and third in Istanbul. As Mark Webber equalled a...

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  8. Dyer laments missed opportunity 04:30

    Dyer laments missed opportunity

    Chris Dyer admitted his disappointment in honest fashion after the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday. The Ferrari team manager, who assumed the role in April,...

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  9. Sunday 7 June 2009

  10. Progress made for Buemi 20:22

    Progress made for Buemi

    Sébastien Buemi was pleased to have climbed to an ultimate fifteenth position in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix, having struggled to first get to grips with...

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  11. Sutil satisfied with race pace 20:13

    Sutil satisfied with race pace

    Adrian Sutil was pleased with the speed of his Mercedes-powered Force India car in the Turkish Grand Prix, finishing in seventeenth place after qualifying...

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  12. Disastrous day for Barrichello 19:57

    Disastrous day for Barrichello

    Rubens Barrichello was left aggravated after a highly complicated Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. Having qualified third on the grid with less fuel...

    F1
  13. Career-best equalled for Webber 19:40

    Career-best equalled for Webber

    Mark Webber was pleased to have equalled his best Formula One result of second on Sunday. After finishing runner-up to Sebastian Vettel in the team's...

    F1
  14. 19:39

    Photos: Sunday at Istanbul Park

    F1
  15. Williams back in the points 19:36

    Williams back in the points

    Nico Rosberg and the Williams team made a welcome return to the points in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix as the German driver completed a strong race to finish...

    F1
  16. "Jenson was too quick today" 19:26

    "Jenson was too quick today"

    Sebastian Vettel was pleased to see both Red Bull Racing cars finish on the podium in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. As Jenson Button claimed...

    F1
  17. Toyota returns to top eight 19:09

    Toyota returns to top eight

    The Toyota team was pleased to achieve another double points-scoring result with both red and white cars in the top eight at Istanbul Park. After a highly...

    F1
  18. Kubica scores first 2009 points 18:52

    Kubica scores first 2009 points

    Robert Kubica's seventh place in Turkey ensured his first two points of the 2009 season after narrowly missing out on a podium finish in the Australian...

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  19. Räikkönen regrets bad getaway 18:39

    Räikkönen regrets bad getaway

    Kimi Räikkönen was left to ponder what might have been in Istanbul after finishing ninth in the Turkish Grand Prix. Having qualified sixth and with KERS o...

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  20. Another pointless afternoon for Hamilton 18:27

    Another pointless afternoon for Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton remained upbeat despite a challenging afternoon which yielded no points in Istanbul. The McLaren driver finished in the top five on his first...

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  21. "What can I say?" - Button 18:03

    "What can I say?" - Button

    "What can I say?" were just four of Jenson Button's words over the radio to the Brawn GP team during his victory lap after the Turkish Grand Prix. Weaving...

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  22. Alonso searching for half a second 17:41

    Alonso searching for half a second

    Fernando Alonso may have been disappointed but remained realistic after scoring eleventh position in the Turkish Grand Prix. Having started eighth on the...

    F1
  23. Brawn: "Now I believe them" 17:27

    Brawn: "Now I believe them"

    Ross Brawn was amazed at Jenson Button's performance in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix as the Frome-born driver stormed to his sixth victory of the season from...

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  24. Six out of seven for Button 16:32

    Six out of seven for Button

    Jenson Button has equalled the record of winning six of an F1 season's first seven races with victory in the Turkish Grand Prix. The Red Bull pairing of...

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  25. Brawn vows to stay with FOTA 13:16

    Brawn vows to stay with FOTA

    Ross Brawn has placed his full support in the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) as discussions continue to find an answer to the ongoing issues between...

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  26. Drivers get together with teams in Turkey 12:11

    Drivers get together with teams in Turkey

    Drivers have met with leading team figures in Turkey in a further, and perhaps final, bid to put an end to the ongoing wrangling between constructors and...

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  27. Ferrari hoping for good start 11:25

    Ferrari hoping for good start

    The Ferrari team is hoping to make the most of its KERS units to allow drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa to make up as many places as possible off the...

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  28. Saturday 6 June 2009

  29. Vettel the lightest car on grid 21:42

    Vettel the lightest car on grid

    For the second race in succession, Turkish Grand Prix pole winner Sebastian Vettel will be starting Sunday's race with a car lighter than any other driver....

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  30. Grip problems at Toro Rosso 19:48

    Grip problems at Toro Rosso

    Sébastien Bourdais had a frustrating qualifying session on Saturday in Turkey, finishing the day last of the twenty runners and therefore at the back of...

    F1
  31. 'It will be difficult' - Kubica 19:09

    'It will be difficult' - Kubica

    Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld could find themselves running in tandem during the opening stages of the Turkish Grand Prix, after qualifying tenth and...

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  32. Trulli aiming for the podium 18:49

    Trulli aiming for the podium

    Jarno Trulli let his driving do the talking with a strong fifth position on the grid in Turkey. Having qualified on the back row of the grid with team-mate...

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  33. Sutil achieves Q2 again 18:14

    Sutil achieves Q2 again

    Adrian Sutil admitted that he was surprised to have successfully qualified in the top fifteen for the second consecutive race in Turkey. Having joined...

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  34. Tyre choice critical for Rosberg 17:58

    Tyre choice critical for Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg admits that his selection of tyre choices for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix could make or break the afternoon, in terms of which order to use the...

    F1
  35. Massa unhappy with balance 17:45

    Massa unhappy with balance

    Felipe Massa pointed the finger at his Ferrari F60's performance on a low fuel load as the reason for his seventh place qualifying result at Istanbul Park...

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  36. 'Although I like Jenson very much…' 17:16

    'Although I like Jenson very much…'

    Rubens Barrichello jokingly wished bad luck upon team-mate Jenson Button during Saturday's press conference after qualifying in Turkey. The Brazilian starts...

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  37. 'You have to find it' - Button 16:49

    'You have to find it' - Button

    Jenson Button was satisfied to have qualified second on the grid for the Turkish Grand Prix after experiencing a tough and challenging time in practice on...

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  38. Vettel delighted with unexpected pole 16:26

    Vettel delighted with unexpected pole

    Sebastian Vettel was both happy and surprised to have taken pole position in Turkey, heading the grid for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix for...

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  39. Piquet frustrated by problems 16:01

    Piquet frustrated by problems

    Nelson Piquet was frustrated to have lost a chance to qualify for the second phase of qualifying as his Renault left the track for the Turn 3 gravel trap....

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  40. Hamilton: "What can I do?" 15:46

    Hamilton: "What can I do?"

    A disappointed Lewis Hamilton was left to watch the remainder of the qualifying hour after being eliminated in the first phase of the session. The World...

    F1
  41. Vettel clinches pole in Istanbul 15:04

    Vettel clinches pole in Istanbul

    Sebastian Vettel will be starting from pole position in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix after claiming pole position for Red Bull Racing. The German heads the...

    F1
  42. 'FIA obligations were breached' 13:38

    'FIA obligations were breached'

    Stefano Domenicali claims that the FIA has broken an agreement which states that the Italian team is obliged to race in Formula One next season. Despite the...

    F1
  43. 13:20

    Photos: Saturday at Istanbul Park

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  44. Massa fastest in final practice 12:04

    Massa fastest in final practice

    Istanbul meister Felipe Massa has finished on top of final practice in Turkey. The Ferrari driver topped the timesheets from the Toyota team as Kazuki...

    F1
  45. Briatore doubts Renault title chances 11:58

    Briatore doubts Renault title chances

    Renault team principal Flavio Briatore has written off any chances the French team may have had of reclaiming Formula One titles in 2009. The Italian,...

    F1
  46. Friday 5 June 2009

  47. Struggle for Buemi on Friday 19:56

    Struggle for Buemi on Friday

    Sébastien Buemi admitted that his first outing at Istanbul Park track in a 2.4 litre V8 Formula One car was not an easy one. The Swiss driver, F1's only...

    F1
  48. 'A rather complicated day' for Ferrari 19:12

    'A rather complicated day' for Ferrari

    Ferrari saw a day of fluctuating performances in Turkey on Friday, with drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen eventually finishing up in eleventh and f...

    F1
  49. Toyota confident in Istanbul 18:52

    Toyota confident in Istanbul

    The Toyota team is in positive mood in Turkey after suffering a miserable weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. With both cars having qualified on the back row...

    F1
  50. BMW runs double-diffuser for first time 18:41

    BMW runs double-diffuser for first time

    The BMW-Sauber team ran its own version of a 'double-decker' diffuser for the first time in Turkey on Friday. After struggling to perform and qualifying on...

    F1
  51. Alonso: "Tomorrow will be more difficult" 18:15

    Alonso: "Tomorrow will be more difficult"

    Fernando Alonso is refraining from excitement after setting the second fastest practice time at Istanbul Park on Friday afternoon. The Renault driver, World...

    F1
  52. Force India submits 2010 entry against FOTA wishes 17:54

    Force India submits 2010 entry against FOTA wishes

    The Force India team has become the second to break Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) ranks and submit an entry to the 2010 World Championship. The...

    F1
  53. Rosberg concentrating on setup 17:48

    Rosberg concentrating on setup

    Nico Rosberg was quietly confident after practice in Turkey. The German finished on top of the first session by over three tenths of a second from Lewis...

    F1
  54. Mixed practice for Hamilton 17:36

    Mixed practice for Hamilton

    World Champion Lewis Hamilton had a day of ups and downs at Istanbul Park on Friday. The Englishman's McLaren finished second to Nico Rosberg, narrowly...

    F1
  55. Button out of Friday top ten 17:23

    Button out of Friday top ten

    Jenson Button finished outside the top ten and in twelfth position in second free practice ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix. The Frome-born championship...

    F1
  56. Problems for Vettel on Friday 17:15

    Problems for Vettel on Friday

    Sebastian Vettel endured a less than trouble-free day at Istanbul Park on Friday, as the Red Bull driver was on only his fourth lap before suffering from a...

    F1
  57. Kovalainen finishes Friday on top 15:32

    Kovalainen finishes Friday on top

    McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen posted the fastest time in Istanbul's second practice session on Friday, heading the final classification by just six...

    F1
  58. No Turkish GP after 2011? 13:54

    No Turkish GP after 2011?

    Organisers of the Turkish Grand Prix are worried over the future of the race after their current contract with Formula One Management (FOM) expires at the...

    F1
  59. 13:29

    Photos: Friday at Istanbul Park

    F1
  60. Rosberg heads first Turkish practice 11:34

    Rosberg heads first Turkish practice

    Nico Rosberg has finished fastest in first practice ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix. With bright conditions in Istanbul, the German's Williams headed,...

    F1
  61. Massa: "I'm a Ferrari driver" 10:31

    Massa: "I'm a Ferrari driver"

    Felipe Massa has vowed to retain his commitment to Ferrari amid the current disagreement between FOTA and the FIA. With his team still part of an exit...

    F1
  62. The differences between F1 and GP2 06:00

    The differences between F1 and GP2

    GP2 is proud to call itself 'Formula One's strongest feeder series', with seven of the twenty current F1 drivers having made the jump from the championship...

    GP2
  63. BMW double-diffuser ready for use 04:30

    BMW double-diffuser ready for use

    The BMW team will be using a 'double-decker' diffuser for the first time in Turkish Grand Prix practice today. The German manufacturer has experience a...

    F1
  64. Thursday 4 June 2009

  65. Kovalainen playing the waiting game 17:57

    Kovalainen playing the waiting game

    Heikki Kovalainen is confident that the McLaren team is constantly making progress, despite admitting that he and World Champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton...

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  66. 'Formula One has always continued' - Rosberg 17:22

    'Formula One has always continued' - Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg is confident that Formula One will continue long into the future, as the row between ten current teams and the governing body rages on. Next...

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