The Turkish Grand Prix preview

The Turkish GP marks the start of the European season, where the pecking order will begin to be defined for good following three flyaway races. Edd Straw previews the fourth round of the championship

Traditionally, the Spanish Grand Prix has been the watershed at the start of the European F1 season. With the pre-season flyaways now forming a rapid-fire mini-series, it was at Barcelona that most teams brought major updates and those playing catch-up resolved to close the gap. Ironically, considering that the Istanbul Park track is on the Asian side of the city, this year's calendar casts the Turkish Grand Prix in that role.

It would be foolhardy to say that the die will be cast for the rest of the season in Turkey. But if Red Bull continues to set the pace in Istanbul, it bodes very well for its chances of a second consecutive world championship success.

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