F1: Dream comes true in Massa's first win

Felipe Massa fought back the tears after making his boyhood dreams come true with his first Formula One win in yesterday's Turkish Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa fought back the tears after making his boyhood dreams come true with his first Formula One win in yesterday's Turkish Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old won from pole position in Istanbul, his 66th grand prix, and choked with emotion in front of millions of television viewers after a mature performance.

The Brazilian held off world champions Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher to follow the example set by Jenson Button three weeks ago and join the list of Formula One winners.

He said: "I think it will take a while to sink in. Today is a dream for me.

"You do all your career looking to get to Formula One and maybe win your first race. When you get there it is amazing.

"I am happy to be here with this incredible team.

"I am emotional and I am definitely going to enjoy this time a lot.

"It is like a dream come true. I have been working so hard in my whole career to get this moment and it is just amazing.

"I always dreamed of being a Ferrari driver and winning my first race for Ferrari is definitely something special for me."

Massa led from the start, pursued by Ferrari team-mate Schumacher before a 14th-lap safety car dealt the German a cruel blow.

The front-runners needed to pit immediately or lose vital time behind the safety car, forcing Schumacher to queue in the pit lane behind Massa.

World championship leader Alonso took advantage and claimed a second place he defended until the chequered flag, stretching his advantage to 12 points.

Massa hinted he would have considered gifting the race to championship-chasing Schumacher had Alonso not split the two Ferraris.

"I am open to helping Michael to win the championship," he added. "That's not news."

Alonso made the most of his good luck by holding off a late onslaught from Schumacher, who finished side by side with his title rival, missing second place by inches.

Alonso admitted his result did not match his pre-race optimism, even if it did extend his championship lead.

"It's good but we were maybe hoping to be more competitive and to win the race," he said.

"I knew yesterday our chance would come more in the race. I am happy with the result because I finished in front of Michael but in the constructors' championship we lost too many points.

"It was impossible to catch Felipe so we have to improve for the next races."

Schumacher took little solace in Ferrari moving within two points of Renault in the constructors' championship.

He blamed the timing of the safety car, caused by Vitantonio Liuzzi's spin, for ruining a Ferrari one-two and taking the destiny of the championship out of his hands.

"Felipe and myself are very strong," said Schumacher, who is no longer guaranteed the title with victory in the remaining races.

"If we can maintain that without having unfortunate situations of safety cars at the wrong moment, we both can be in front.

"You can work out yourself what that means." Behind the top three, Honda's Jenson Button was a lonely fourth after breaking his duck in Hungary last time out.

Button was well clear of fifth-placed Pedro de la Rosa, who was the only McLaren running at the flag after Kimi Raikkonen, last year's winner, crashed out.

Giancarlo Fisichella took sixth in the other Renault after spinning on the first lap in an incident which cost Ralf Schumacher his front wing. The Toyota driver fought back to take seventh.

Rubens Barrichello completed the top eight for Honda but David Coulthard failed to reach the end after a gearbox failure on his Red Bull just a few miles from home while 11th.


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