Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) obtained the pole position of the Turkish GP, 16 / a test of the Formula One World Championship, scheduled for tomorrow at the Intercity İstanbul Park. Third position on the grid for Charles Leclerc with Ferrari, just behind Max Verstappen with Red Bull.
However, the best time was obtained by Lewis Hamilton (1’22 ” 868), who will start 11/0 after the replacement of the internal combustion engine of his power unit.
In fourth position will start Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), followed by Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Lando Norris (McLaren), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri). Carlos Sainz, already certain to start from the last row after the replacement of the power unit of his Sf21, during qualifying he worked for the team, as he himself admitted to the microphones of Sky sport. In Q1 the Spaniard helped eliminate Daniel Ricciardo, who with McLaren is a direct competitor of the Maranello house for third place in the constructors’ championship. In Q2, on the other hand, he gave Leclerc ‘the wake’, allowing him to get the time to participate in Q3. Good performance of Mick Schumacher with the Haas, he is 14 / o.
“The qualifying was very treacherous, there were still wet patches and getting the tires up to temperature was not easy. On this track it is not so easy to overtake, plus we will all have the same tires, so it will be difficult to recover but I will give it my all. “. Thus the leader of the Formula 1 world championship, Lewis Hamilton, who despite having set the best time in qualifying for the Turkish GP will start 11 / o for the penalty for engine change. His rival, Max Verstappen, will start from the front row alongside Valtteri Bottas, who took pole position with the second fastest time. “Compared to yesterday we were able to make a very positive turnaround, it was a good recovery – said the Dutchman -. All in all, starting second was the best result we could get, we’ll see what we can do, also based on the weather. “. “In the race it should go better for us, we will see how competitive we are. We will try to recover as many points as possible.”
“I always aspire to the highest step, even when I start 15 / o or if it is many times as difficult as in this year. I will push for this, having in mind that we do not play the championship with the two in front”, Mercedes and Red Bull, “but more with McLaren, and we need to take important points tomorrow.” So Charles Leclerc on Sky Sport after qualifying for the Turkish GP. Tomorrow the Ferrari driver will start third, behind Bottas on Mercedes and Verstappen on Red Bull. “The car – added Leclerc – was already very good from FP1. With the rain this morning we struggled a little more, but it wasn’t bad. Now in qualifying I found the feeling of yesterday, with the engine obviously from Sochi. a little more powerful “.