A few years ago we were used to the top teams trying different strategies in order to find an advantage, but in the era of control tyres we've become accustomed to seeing Ferrari and McLaren do exactly the same thing, with maybe a lap or three separating them in the pit stops.
Thus Lewis Hamilton's efforts on a three-stopper in Turkey came as a breath of fresh air, and provided us with an exciting afternoon. While it may have become clear well before the final stop that Hamilton was not going to beat Felipe Massa, his was a pretty good effort, and the strategic variety made for an entertaining afternoon. Even Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was impressed by McLaren's approach.
"Of course the performance that we saw today of McLaren during the race was very good," he said. "And I always said that they are very strong, and I believe that. I think that today I saw another standard that is completely different from the past, that McLaren, in order to let's say attack us, changed the philosophy of the race, and changed the philosophy of qualifying, above all with Lewis. So I think this important, because also they have to react on the performance that we are doing."