LIVE from the Turkish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tries to overcome a penalty in his clash with Max Verstappen.
Turkish Grand Prix LIVE: The fierce and tight title contest between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in Istanbul could see more twists and turns. The race is shown live on Express Sport.
With Lewis Hamilton beginning the Turkish Grand Prix 11th due to a 10-place grid penalty, Max Verstappen has a chance to reclaim the Formula One Drivers’ Championship lead. On Saturday, Hamilton set the fastest time in qualifying, but he was relegated after changing his internal combustion engine on Friday. The Briton leads the standings by two points heading into the race at Istanbul Park.
Even though he starts 11th, Hamilton is optimistic of winning the race, saying before the race, “My eyes are still fully fixed on winning the race.” From the 11th, it will be extremely difficult, but not impossible.
“I’m not sure what the weather will do, either, so I’ll just be on my toes and make sure we attack hard.”
“Overall, this weekend has been a bit more challenging,” an anxious Verstappen said.
I’m hoping for a clean getaway tomorrow, although starting on the inside will be difficult due to the lack of grip in both dry and wet circumstances.
“We’re expecting to lose a little bit out there.” We must also consider the distance behind us, which is significantly narrower than usual.
“We’ll try to make the best of it and do everything we can to keep the Mercedes behind us, but it won’t be easy because they’ve been on fire all weekend.”
Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s teammate, begins on pole, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third behind Verstappen and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly on the second row.
The drivers are doing a formation lap.
This wet-to-dry track has the potential to be quite entertaining.
Will Bottas be able to keep pole or will Verstappen take the lead? Will Hamilton be able to make a charge up the standings? Let’s have a look…
Before the race, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Sky Sports F1: “Lewis is going to be a significant impact in this race, we don’t underestimate that.”
Hamilton is set to start 11th, and the 100-time Grand Prix champion is no stranger to wet weather.
But he’ll be hoping without hope that no mishaps occur as he approaches turn one, causing his race to be ruined.
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