Turkish GP Qualifying: Bottas takes pole

Turkish GP qualifying

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton topped the timing sheet in Turkish Grand Prix Qualifying. However, he’ll start from 11th on Sunday, handing down pole position to his team mate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn will be accompanied by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the first row.

Q1: Ricciardo out, Schumacher qualifies

After a total wet FP3, the qualifying began with a drizzle. Coming out on soft tyres, drivers struggled on the damp track. Providing evidence were the spins from Verstappen and Sainz.

The circuit regained grip after the rain drifted away. The improved conditions working differently for different drivers. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo (P16)  was knocked out in Q1 as he went for an early flying lap. He was not able to profit from the track’s evolution like his rivals. Whereas Mick Schumacher (Haas) reached Q2 for the second time this season. 

The fastest was Lewis Hamilton, followed by Max. On third was the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly who was ahead of Charles (Ferrari) and Sergio (Red Bull).

The bottom 5 were Ricciardo, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen and Mazepin.

Q2: Spin at the last corner for Leclerc and Russell

The 15 minute session started with Perez going for a spin at Turn 1. And Hamilton complained of tyre temperature just like Sainz struggled in Q1. Both of them facing with the challenge of getting optimum heat in the tyres.

Lance Stroll (P9) made it into Q3 despite going out on Turn 1. The lock-up saw him abort his flying lap. This also proved to be restricting for Haas as Mick had to back out from his effort. The German had to slow down for the yellow flags. 

Destined to take the last spot on race day, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz did not set fast laps and remained in the garage for the majority time. He did came out for helping his team mate, Leclerc who previously spun at the last corner. The tow from Carlos benefitted him to take a P7.

Sadly, Williams’ George Russell ran wide at the final corner, which gave him a frustrated P13. On the other hand, Yuki Tsunoda (P8) qualified for the first time since Austria. 

Again, the fastest lap was set by Hamilton. This time Bottas took P2 while Verstappen was third.

Vettel, Ocon, Russell, Schumacher and Sainz were knocked out.

Q3: Hamilton goes fastest but Bottas takes pole position

Lewis Hamilton went the quickest, setting a new lap record of 1m 22.868s. 

Behind him was Bottas (P2) who will take the pole position on race day when Hamilton’s 10- place grid penalty dawns. Max sealed the top three.

On Sunday, different teams will be seen in the top 5 grid spots. With a late run, Ferrari’s Leclerc managed P4, Gasly in P5 and Alpine’s Alonso in sixth.

Running on old soft tyres, Red Bull’s Perez could only get P7 and Aston Martin’s Stroll a P9. In between them is Sochi’s pole sitter, Lando Norris at eighth. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) rounded off the top 10 on Saturday.

With two penalties so far, the grid will look a little jumbled on Sunday. Hamilton will take P11 which means drivers above him will jump a place forward. Whereas Sainz will go all the way back at the end, promoting drivers who qualified below 15 with a spot ahead.

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