A magnificent lap on a complicated track in several sectors due to the morning rain allowed him Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) be the fastest in the qualifying tests of the Turkish Grand Prix, 16th date of the Formula 1 World Championship. However, the result will not allow the Englishman to start from the top of the grid.
Hamilton, who came to the front of the tournament, scored on his best lap 1m22s868 / 1000, marginalizing by only 130/1000 to its coequipier Valtteri Bottas. However the multiple champion will start from eleventh place due to a ten-position penalty he suffered for change the combustion engine of your power unit.
“The session was difficult because there were some places with some humidity, but the performance of the car was very good. It is not easy to overtake here so I imagine it will be difficult to gain positions. Tomorrow will be difficult, but I will give it my all ”, admitted Hamilton, who last year at this same track won his seventh crown.
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With the pole position empty, Bottas will have the responsibility of leading the pack and trying to hold the Dutchman. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), with whom his partner fights for the scepter.
Verstappen, who arrived at this event just two points behind Hamilton, failed against the Black Arrows - very fast since the start of the activity in Istanbul - and finished in third place, 328/1000 behind the poleman.
The first positions were completed by the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), at 397/1000; the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), at 458/1000; and spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) at 609/1000.
The competition will start on Sunday, at 9 o'clock in Argentina.
CLASSIFICATION | GRAND PRIZE OF TURKEY 2021
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:24.592||1:23.732||1:23.196||25|
|7||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:24.963||1:23.961||1:23.706||24|
|9||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:25.511||1:24.601||1:24.305||23|
|11||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:25.787||1:24.795||19|
|18||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:26.430||11|
|19||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:27.525||11|