Update 9. 10. 2021 15:43
British driver Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish Formula 1 car Grand Prix qualifier, but due to the engine change penalty he will start from eleventh place. The pole position will be occupied by his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who drove the second time, and will be joined on the front row by third Red Bull Max Verstappen today.
Fin Bottas, who will leave for Alfa Romeo after the season and will be replaced by George Russell of Williams, finished 19th in his career. On the Istanbul track, he was 130 thousandths of a second behind Hamilton and confirmed that Mercedes is doing well on this track. In addition to qualifying, the “Silver Arrows” also dominated Friday’s practice.
“It was a good qualifying and we got the result we wanted. Lewis minimized the consequences of the penalty and I’m on pole position. Sunday I’m going to focus on my own race and try to maintain the best possible speed.” , said Bottas. television cameras.
Defending champion Hamilton will defend the two point lead in the race to lead the World Championship over Verstappen from an unfavorable position. He had been penalized since Friday, when he put a new internal combustion engine into training. However, since he didn’t change the entire powertrain, but only part of it, he received a lighter penalty in the form of a ten-seat transfer. “It’s not easy to pass on this track so it will be difficult to get it going on Sunday. But we’ll see what can be done,” said Hamilton.
His title rival Verstappen would like to take advantage of Hamilton’s absence in the lead. “The times looked good, we just lost a bit on the straights. We have to look at that, but we definitely made a difference from training. We’ll see what the weather will be like overnight, and I’m curious. how competitive we will be in the race, especially at the eighth corner, ”said Verstappen.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz received the maximum penalty for replacing the engine, which will start the race from the back of the peloton. His teammate Charles Leclerc will start third. The two AlphaTauri riders also enter the top ten. Pierre Gasly starts fourth, Júki Cunoda ninth.
Surprisingly, Daniel Ricciardo did not advance in the first part of qualifying, finishing 16th with McLaren. Mick Schumacher, meanwhile, was happy for the Haas team, who started the race in 14th place.
The Turkish Grand Prix will start on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CEST.
Qualification for the Turkish Grand Prix, Formula 1 World Championship race in Istanbul:
1. Hamilton (Brit./Mercedes) 1:22 868, 2. Bottas (Fin./Mercedes) -0.130, 3. Verstappen (Niz./Red Bull) -0.328, 4. Leclerc (Mon./Ferrari) -0.397 , 5. Gasly (Fr./AlphaTauri) -0.458, 6. Alonso (Šp. / Alpine) -0.609, 7. Pérez (Mex./Red Bull) -0.838, 8. Norris (Brit./McLaren) -1.086, 9 Ride (Kan./Aston Martin) -1,437, 10. Cunoda (Japan / AlphaTauri) -1,500.
Note: Hamilton will lose 10 grid seats due to a penalty.
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