Turkish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton harshly criticized the Istanbul circuit

The multiple champion had no mercy on the Turkish track due to the recent resurfacing.

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English Lewis Hamilton, current champion of the F1, criticized the recent resurfacing of the Istanbul circuit that houses the Grand Prix of Turkey. The pilot of Mercedes qualified that the investment made for the renewal of the asphalt layer was "a lost of money" that turned an exciting track into an experience "Terrifying".

The Turkish track is hosting an F.1 race for the first time since 2011 and the drivers said the new tarmac and cold conditions had turned it into an ice track.

Lewis Hamilton
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"This track is a fantastic circuit, and I really don't quite understand when they spend millions to remake a surface that works."said Hamilton, who on Sunday will seek his seventh world title. "They could have cleaned it up instead of wasting all that money."

“It feels like an ice rink. It's not enjoyed like you normally would in Istanbul, and I don't see that changing. The layout is terrifying, it's almost like there are wet spots everywhere ", he remarked.

The dutch Max Verstappen, the fastest on Friday, joked that the tires would need studs if it rained, which happened in the third session and in which precisely the driver of Red Bull it was also the fastest.

As long as the french Pierre Gaslyfrom AlphaTauri said the lap felt more like a rallycross, but it was fun. While Hamilton's teammate, the Finn Valtteri Bottas, he recalled the winter rallies in Lapland.


pos. No. pilot auto tiempo dif laps.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:48.485 6
2 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:49.430 +0.945s 9
3 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:50.059 +1.574s 5
4 31 Esteban Or with RENAULT 1:53.897 +5.412s 9
5 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:53.995 +5.510s 7
6 5 Sebastian Hag FERRARI 1:54.490 +6.005s 14
7 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:55.577 +7.092s 6
8 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:55.666 +7.181s 4
9 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:55.878 +7.393s 4
10 18 Throw Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:56.824 +8.339s 5
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:58.475 +9.990s 6
12 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:59.548 +11.063s 7
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 2:02.325 +13.840s 10
14 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 2:02.473 +13.988s 7
15 8 Roman Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 2:04.748 +16.263s 5
16 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 2:06.351 +17.866s 13
17 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 2:09.368 +20.883s 8
18 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1
19 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1
20 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 3

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