Lewis Hamilton makes a statement in Istanbul. He wins the qualification and starts eleventh. Valtteri Bottas inherits the pole. Max Verstappen is not enough for Mercedes. Mick Schumacher celebrates Q2. The Haas driver starts from P14, Vettel fails early.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas starts from first place in the Turkish Grand Prix. The Finn finished second behind his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, but benefited from the relocation of the record world champion due to the change of the internal combustion engine. Hamilton will therefore start from eleventh place.
Behind Bottas, Hamilton’s World Cup rival Max Verstappen (Netherlands / Red Bull) and Monegasse Charles Leclerc start the race in a Ferrari. Verstappen is only two points behind Hamilton in the World Cup. The four-time champion Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim / Aston Martin) is also favored by Hamilton’s penalty, starting position ten is for him in the 16th race of the season on Sunday (2:00 p.m. CEST / Sky). However, the former world champion missed Q3 and lost the team-internal duel with his colleague Lance Stroll, who will start the race from P8.
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Haas driver Mick Schumacher was a strong 14th and achieved his best qualifying result so far. His Haas rival Nikita Masepin couldn’t get past last place in Q1 and will start from P19 tomorrow, just ahead of Carlos Sainz, who will line up in last place with his Ferrari after an engine change.
“Driving Q2 was strange but funny. I’m working to make it a habit,” said Mick Schumacher at Sky. “I’m very happy. We worked it out as a team. We made the right decisions. I enjoyed driving in Q2. I tried to do my best. I think we can take one step at a time do, and so far we’ve done really well. Hopefully it will work the same way tomorrow. It is important to keep the car on the track here. Especially in corners one and two. ”