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No room for error in Hamilton and Verstappen F1 title fight

Verstappen poses a serious threat to Hamilton’s quest for an eighth world title to surpass Michael Schumacher and remain a stand-out among the greats of Formula 1.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are just two points away in a thrilling Formula 1 title race, and neither can afford to miss in the remaining seven races.

Their competition will resume on Sunday 10 October at the Turkish Grand Prix. Both will hope that the Istanbul circuit is much safer than it was last year when it was just re-paved to host a Formula 1 race for the first time since 2011, and it was too slippery.

Throughout the practice and qualification, drivers complained about unreliable coverage at a distance of 5.3 km.

Verstappen said it looked like a rink and finished sixth in the race after qualifying in second place. Hamilton took advantage of the unpredictability of the race by moving up from sixth in the grid to win a record seventh world title.

“Last year’s Turkish Grand Prix was not the best weekend, but I think this year will be very different circumstances,” said Verstappen. – Hopefully the asphalt will be a little more grippy. I look forward to seeing how competitive we are. “

Verstappen could have fallen behind even further in the standings, given that he started in the Russian Grand Prix two weeks ago from back of the mesh… He revised the three engines allocated to him for the season and received a grid penalty for using the fourth engine.

Although Hamilton won in Sochi To secure a record 100th victory in Formula 1, Verstappen limited his damage by unexpectedly finishing in a second when it rained heavily and chaos ensued in a few laps.

Now the head of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolff, is deciding whether it is risky to keep Hamilton on the third engine for too long. Maybe it was Hamilton’s turn to get involved in an engine replacement to avoid potential breakdown in Istanbul Park.

“It’s possible,” Wolf said. “The most important thing is that you are not DNF [do not finish] due to a reliability issue. “

Ferrari has provided Carlos Sainz Jr. with a new engine, which means he’ll start Sunday’s race from the back.

Verstappen poses a serious threat to Hamilton’s quest for an eighth world title to surpass Michael Schumacher and stand alone among the greats of Formula 1. He leads Hamilton 7-5 in wins this season and 7-3 in pole positions.

While the race for the drivers ‘title is close, Red Bull is 33 points behind Mercedes in the constructors’ group.

This is partly due to a setback: Verstappen knocked out of the British GP by Hamilton, and in Hungary was knocked off the track on the first lap after a bad start by Valtteri Bottas.

But this is also because teammate Sergio Perez is not gaining enough points. The Mexican driver has had eight races without a podium since June when he finished third at the French Grand Prix. In these races, he scored just 36 points, compared with 84 in the first seven races of the campaign.

“I want to be back on the podium this weekend,” said Perez, who has two out of 12 career podium victories but admits he needs to do better in qualifying. “I understand that we have to put the car where it deserves on the grid.”

The Turkish Grand Prix took the seat normally reserved for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka. This race was canceled in August due to government concerns over the coronavirus.

Red Bull is powered by Honda engines, but the Japanese manufacturer is pulling out of Formula 1 at the end of 2021. Suzuka would be Honda’s last race, so in honor of Honda and Red Bull, and the AlphaTauri feeder team will receive special paint jobs.

Red Bulls will feature a predominantly white livery inspired by the Honda that American driver Richie Ginter won the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix.

The AlphaTauris of Pierre Gasly and home favorite Yuki Tsunoda will carry the “Arigato” – Japanese “thank you” on their rear fenders.



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