Massa eyes F1 record at next GP

Felipe Massa could join an exclusive club of very illustrious talent if he manages to win next weekend's Turkish Grand Prix. With the exception of the inaugural Istanbul event in 2005, the Brazilian driver has won every Turkish Grand...

Felipe Massa could join an exclusive club of very illustrious talent if he manages to win next weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

With the exception of the inaugural Istanbul event in 2005, the Brazilian driver has won every Turkish Grand Prix.

Only four other drivers in the history of Formula One - Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher - have won four successive races at the same venue.

The dominance of the Brawn team and Jenson Button is likely to be a spanner in the works of Massa's hopes, but Ferrari's flagging form took a big step forward last weekend in Monaco.

And Massa, who won his first Grand Prix in Turkey in 2006, "loves" the Otodrom layout, also securing pole position in the last three years.

"It is a fantastic track for me, a very pleasurable track for me to drive, like the big turn eight, very challenging," he said.

Only one driver in F1's history has won five consecutive races at the same track: Ayrton Senna at Monaco (1989-1993).

Also in Turkey next weekend, drivers' title leader Button could if he wins a sixth race in seven attempts snatch Schumacher's record for the best ever start to a championship campaign.

In 2002, German Schumacher won five of the first six races with his Ferrari, but finished second to David Coulthard at the seventh.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Jim Clark , Felipe Massa , Ayrton Senna , Juan Manuel Fangio , Graham Hill
Teams Ferrari