Turkish GP qualifying: Lewis Hamilton fastest, but Valtteri Bottas on pole ahead of Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton leads the standings but will start 11th, with Valtteri Bottas on pole to secure the best possible result for Mercedes; Max Verstappen third in the penalty shootout but starts in the front row, with Charles Leclerc third for Ferrari ahead of Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso

Last Updated: 09/10/21 2:41 pm


Lewis Hamilton topped the qualifying for the Turkish GP, but his teammate Valtteri Bottas will start from pole due to the championship leader’s grid penalty, with Max Verstappen in the front row.

In the best-case scenario for Mercedes after the 10-position drop on the Hamilton grid for a new engine, the Englishman dominated the penalty shoot-out and will start the race on Sunday the 11th, while Bottas beat his rival for the title. , Verstappen.

Hamilton was fastest in wet and dry Q1 and Q2 before setting a new record at the Istanbul Park track in Q3, but Bottas finished just a tenth of a second off that 1: 22.868 to take pole position.

He will start in the front row ahead of Verstappen, who finished third and showed signs of improvement on a slower-than-expected Red Bull but was still 0.3 seconds behind Hamilton, the man he follows by two points in the championship.

Charles Leclerc secured a brilliant fourth in qualifying and a third on the grid for Ferrari, beating equally fit Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso on their final lap.

Sergio Perez was just seventh in the other Red Bull, ahead of Lando Norris as McLaren struggled to replicate his Monza and Sochi form.

Daniel Ricciardo suffered a crash start in Q1.

Turkish GP qualifying result, top 10
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes*
2) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
3) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
6) Fernando Alonso, Alpino
7) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
8) Lando Norris, McLaren
9) Ride Lance, Aston Martin
10) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri

* has a grid penalty of 10 places for the new ICE

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