Press comments on the Istanbul GP: "The weight of the expectation rests on Hamilton"

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas celebrated his first Formula 1 win of the season at the Turkish Grand Prix. The Finn relegated Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez to second and third in the rain in Istanbul on Sunday. After a penalty transfer, world champion Lewis Hamilton fought his way up from eleventh to fifth in the second Mercedes. In the world championship standings, Verstappen has taken the lead back from defending champion Hamilton. The international press writes:

Great Britain

“Daily Mail”: “Lewis Hamilton lost the championship lead after his Mercedes team behaved like rabbits and called him to a pointless pit stop. (…) The fateful decision with all its possible effects on who is at At the end of the wears the crown came eight laps before the end of a creeping, drizzle accompanied Grand Prix of Turkey, which Valtteri Bottas won. “

“The Sun”: “Lewis Hamilton scolded his Mercedes team after they screwed up his chance for a place on the podium in Turkey and feared it could cost him the championship. Hamilton couldn’t hide his frustration at that Max Verstappen has taken the lead again in the race for the title and is now six points ahead of the British. “

“The Guardian”: “The pressure that prevails in the closest Formula 1 World Championship in recent years is undoubtedly noticeable now. Under the thick, gray and overcast sky at the Turkish Grand Prix, the weight of expectation weighed on Lewis Hamilton heavy.”


“La Gazzetta dello Sport”: “Valtteri Bottas won the crazy Turkish Grand Prix. Mercedes needed a great Bottas to limit the damage from changing the engine on Hamilton’s car. And Valtteri did not disappoint.”

“Corriere dello Sport”: “He had to wait more than a year, but Valtteri Bottas finally made it into the double-digit range – a tenth career success for him, who was able to overtake Verstappen and help Mercedes in both the constructors ‘and the drivers’ standings. “


“Marca”: “It was a Bottas Festival, but Verstappen is the new front runner, with a lead of six points over Hamilton. The Finn has completed the best race for Mercedes so far. (…) Carlos Sainz shone with a big fightback . (…) Verstappen’s six point lead over the seven-time world champion is an announcement that the fight for the title will go on until the end of the season. “

“As”: “It’s not raining to everyone’s taste. A Mercedes has won, but there is not so loud clapping in the pit when the world champion grumbles on the other line about a dubious strategy.”


“L’Équipe”: “A year after spinning six times on the same track, Mercedes driver Bottas couldn’t have asked for a better way to defeat his Turkish demons.”


“Kronen Zeitung”: “Verstappen flies past” Frustrated Lewis “Hamilton”


“Blick”: “Hamilton angry:” Leave me alone. “Because Valtteri Bottas, the future Alfa-Sauber driver, relegated Max Verstappen to second place at the Turkish GP, Lewis Hamilton is now only six points in the championship standings behind the Dutchman. The Brit is annoyed by the tactics of his Mercedes team. “