Lewis Hamilton said he ‘doesn’t mind’ missing out on pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton thinks he “doesn’t give a damn” about missing out on pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Despite raising concerns with the FIA and F1, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton insists he “doesn’t care” about not being given credit for his 102nd pole position. Hamilton dominated the qualifying session in Istanbul on Saturday, taking pole position ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas and primary title contender Max Verstappen.
Despite this, Hamilton had a 10-place grid penalty heading into the session after Mercedes modified his internal combustion engine [ICE] before of Friday’s practice sessions.
As a result, the seven-time world champion will start 11th, barely outside the top ten, as he seeks to increase his lead over Red Bull’s Verstappen at the top of the standings.
Hamilton responded after recording the fastest time: “I mean, I still… Isn’t it true that I’m recorded on the pole? No? “Dammit,” I exclaim. Despite a heavy penalty, Hamilton was spotted laughing and waving to the crowd. He was pressed on whether he thought the FIA and F1 needed to amend the regulations.
He continued, ” “I’m not really sure. I mean, I’m a pole dancer.
“I don’t believe the penalty should have an impact on it, but to be honest, I don’t care.”
It’s the second time this season that pole position has raised eyebrows, with the fastest driver in sprint qualifying merely being referred to as quickest and no pole position being put to the record books.
Due to the setback, Bottas takes over pole position for Mercedes, with the goal of keeping Verstappen at bay as long as possible at the start of the race, allowing Hamilton to carve his way through the pack and fight for the win.
Bottas also shared his thoughts on what the FIA and Formula One should do, particularly if more sprint weekend formats are introduced next year.
“I think the fastest in qualifying on sprint weekends should absolutely be given the official pole award and pole position for records, and also in a case like this, Lewis had the fastest single lap,” Bottas remarked.
“He was officially on pole, but he was dropped after that… I don’t think it’s really fair, but I’ll gladly accept the tyre [the Pirelli trophy for pole position], but maybe next time. “Brinkwire Summary News”.