Massa On Fire As He Nets 3rd Turkish Pole

Edward QuinnCorrespondent IMay 10, 2008

Felipe Massa looked red hot as he secured yet another Turkish Grand Prix pole. He produced a 1:27.617 as he looks to win the Grand Prix for a third year in a row.

The Mclarens took 2nd and 3rd positions on the grid, with Heikki Kovalainen outqualifying Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton for a strange reason went for hard tyres on his final sprint. He explained later that the car felt better on the hard tyres.

Defending world champion Kimi Raikkonen lines up 4th, behind the McLarens, with Robert Kubica in 5th as the BMW's looked slightly off the pace this weekend.

Nick Hieldfeld lines up 9th, behind the Red Bull of Mark Webber (6th), Jarno Trulli's Toyota (7th) and Fernando Alonso's Renault (8th), with David Coulthard rounding up the top 10.

The Hondas of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello line up 13th and 12th in Barrichello's record breaking 257th Grand Prix.

Here are my predictions for the race:

Felipe Massa - Pole Position - Looks in deadly form right now. I expect him to waltz away to a hat-trick of Turkish victories unless he has some sort of technical glitch. Expected finish: 1st

Heikki Kovalainen - 2nd Place - looks to have the edge over Hamilton this weekend.Should have a solid race but may fall prey to Raikkonen's Ferrari. Expected finish : 3rd/4th

Lewis Hamilton - 3rd Place - In front of his world championship rival Raikkonen is good enoguh for Lewis. He needs a good finish today. I expect him to achieve a good podium in the race, maybe even challenge the much faster Massa. Expected finish: 2nd/3rd/4th

Kimi Raikkonen - 4th Place - Looks slightly slower than Massa this weekend. I expect him to be as fast as ever though. Should have a good battle with the McLarens. Expected finish: 2nd/3rd/4th

Promises to be fun!