Verstappen climbs the first row as a result of Hamilton’s penalty
Mercedes won the qualification for the Formula 1 Turkish GP across the row, achieving minimize as much as possible the penalty that Lewis Hamilton will comply with in this 16th race of the World Championship when he changed the combustion engine of the W12.
As Mercedes wished, its drivers were both the fastest – and the only ones to run in ‘second 22’ – and with Hamilton at the front of the timesheet to cushion the penalty as much as possible. In this way, the World Cup leader will drop ten places, to 11th, on the starting grid, and the Finn will start from pole position this Sunday.
Alongside Bottas on the front row will be Max Verstappen (Red Bull) after the third fastest time in qualifying and the second row will be occupied by Chatles Leclerc’s Ferrari and Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri – all moving up one place within the top 10 that will come out ahead from Hamilton, as Fernando Alonso (Alpine) or Sergio Pérez (Red Bull).
Qualification for the Turkish GP:
QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION ⏱️@LewisHamilton quickest in qualifying 🚀
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An exciting match is foreseen since Bottas’ ‘obligation’ to maintain the advantage over Verstappen for Hamilton to try to recover from 11th place through a top 10 of respect, the other grid change regarding qualification, it is with Carlos Sainz.
The replacement of the Ferrari in the hybrid system of the Spaniard’s car sends him to the last place on the grid despite the 15th time (doing timed laps only in Q1) that left him on the leaderboard behind Mick Scumacher – who took Haas for the first time this season to Q2.
Starting grid for the Turkish GP:
STARTING GRID: TURKEY 👀
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The Turkish GP is the 16th race of the F1 World Cup and the 58-lap race takes place this Sunday.