Hamilton to start from behind at Turkish Grand Prix

The Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) will start from the first place of the Grand Prix of Turkey, while his teammate and current leader of the Formula 1 World Championship, the Englishman Lewis Hamilton, will be 11th at the start of the race to be held this Sunday, from 9 in the morning (Argentine time).

Hamilton, a seven-time F1 champion and this season’s leader in the drivers’ general standings, again set the best time in qualifying this Saturday, as happened in the first two practice rounds. However, the Briton has a penalty of ten places at the start for an engine change that exceeded the authorized limit per season.

Bottas, then, will start the first place in the Turkish GP ahead of the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), second in the Formula 1 World Championship. Hamilton, who achieved the Istanbul Park circuit record, on a wet track, will fight to despite his penalty for winning the 16th race out of 22 this season. Only two points separate the British from the Dutch before the last third of the championship.

“The track is absolutely amazing. The team did a great job of getting us out at the right time. We will see what we can do tomorrow (after the 10-spot penalty on the grid) and hopefully give the fans an exciting race. “Hamilton stated.

Verstappen, for his part, said that “the conditions were difficult, but in general the laps were quite good. We did not have enough to fight for pole, but I am quite happy. Let’s see how the weather is tomorrow and how competitive we can be” .

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In the second row will be the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). The Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) finished 5th and the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) 6th. And before Hamilton will leave the British Lando Norris (McLaren), the Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and the German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin).

Last year in Turkey, on a rainy weekend, Hamilton won his 7th world title, equaling the record of German Michael Schumacher.


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