F1, Istanbul, EL1 – Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in Free Practice 1 of the 2021 Turkish Formula 1 Grand Prix. However, with his penalty to come, the English champion is already out of the race for pole position.
Formula 1: Istanbul, second!
After a very eventful 2020 edition, the Formula 1 Turkish Grand-Prix is therefore back this year. And at the time of free practice 1, the first cars set off under the sun. Very quickly, Lewis Hamilton took control… before being beaten by Max Verstappen! In the opinion of all the pilots, the track benefits from a grip much more important than last year. Ocon took second place, ahead of Vettel, after 8 minutes of sitting.
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But no44 retorts and takes the lead, ahead of Land Norris! Then Charles Leclerc. But the pilot Mclaren, then Esteban Ocon, relayed him to the controls. Bottas P4, Gasly sixth. After a quarter of an hour, the championship leader regains the leading position. A few minutes later, Esteban came in second row, ahead of Valtteri. Fernando Alonso, for his part, climbs to fourth place. Verstappen P3. And the news has just fallen, Lewis Hamilton will not fight for pole position tomorrow. Indeed, Mercedes will change its engine. Also, the Briton will not be able to do better than eleventh on the grid …
Halfway through the session, Hamilton is still ahead of Ocon, Verstappen, Bottas, Alonso, Ricciardo, Norris, Leclerc, Stroll, Russell, Perez, Latifi, Gasly, Tsunoda, Giovinazzi, Schumacher, Vettel, Mazepin, Raikkonen and Sainz. But no77 returns to the level of its leader. And Charles signs the 4th fastest time at the moment. Then Max improves and appears in second place, more than 4 tenths behind the Briton. For his part, Carlos Sainz took 5th place, about a quarter of an hour from the outcome of these free 1s of the Turkish Formula 1 GP.
At the end of a little-contested session with little twists and turns, Lewis Hamilton therefore sets the best time, ahead of his great rival, Max Verstappen. Place in the full ranking.
Article published on 10/08/2021 at 11:29 am