The championship leader had a first session ahead of title contender Max Verstappen and a second session ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
On October 8, in a race with a new engine, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton showed the best time in both training sessions of the Turkish Grand Prix.
The championship leader had a first session ahead of title contender Max Verstappen and a second session ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who performed impressively in both.
“V [engine] the changes were fine, ”Hamilton said. “I’m not sure if the second session was that good.”
Hamilton holds a Formula 1 record with 101 pole positions and needs strong play in Saturday’s qualifying to limit the damage from a 10-place engine change penalty.
“I need to be on the street to limit my losses,” said Hamilton, who is 7-3 down pole to Verstappen this season.
Even if Hamilton gets No. 102 pole, he will start 11th and will struggle with traffic jams. The alpine of two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, the super-fast Leclerc’s Ferrari and the crafty Daniel Riccardo’s McLarens and the highly talented Lando Norris could be tricky to get through.
“They [Ferrari] it will be difficult to get through like [Alpine] and McLaren, ”Hamilton said.
He would know.
Hamilton brilliantly held 20 laps at the Austrian Grand Prix in July with Norris and superbly blocked Alonso at the Hungarian Grand Prix in August when his teammate Esteban Ocon won the dramatic race.
“They [Alpine] it seems to be improving more and more, ”said Hamilton.
Thus, the record 101st victory in Formula 1 in Hamilton’s career looks unlikely, unless the circumstances are in his favor.
When Hamilton entered the garage in the 10th minute of the second run, it was due to poor traction on his front tires.
Once the problem was resolved, the Mercedes star topped the leaderboard halfway through P2. He finished 0.17 seconds ahead of Leclerc and 0.41 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Verstappen, who lacked his usual speed and finished fifth behind his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, said the team needed to sort out different things before final training and qualifying.
“It looks like we have a lot to go through this evening, because today was not the best days,” said the Dutchman. – We are still looking for improvements as we have little data on these cars. for this track. “
Although conditions in Istanbul Park were dry, veteran Kimi Raikkonen got his feet wet when his bottle of drink spilled onto his boots. Finn did not live up to his nickname “Ice Man”, using a series of swear words to describe the effects when he scolded the Alfa Romeo mechanic.
Earlier, Hamilton was ahead of Verstappen by 0.43 and Leclerc by 0.48, the fourth – Bottas.
Hamilton is two points ahead of Verstappen with seven races including this one.
But this advantage may well be lost on October 10th. The penalty on the Hamilton grid is for exceeding the three engines allocated to him for the season. Mercedes installed a fourth internal combustion engine on October 8th.
“Lewis is taking a penalty on Sunday, but we have to focus on ourselves,” said Verstappen, who has 17 wins and 11 pole positions. “Hopefully we can improve the game before qualifying.”
The track proved to be much more reliable than last year, when it had just been re-paved for a Formula 1 race for the first time since 2011, and it was too slippery.