The qualifying laps of the 16th leg of the Formula 1 World Championship, the Turkish Grand Prix, are held at the 5.3-kilometer Intercity Istanbul Park Track.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who came second in the qualifying laps of the F1 Turkish Grand Prix, started the race from the first pocket due to Lewis Hamilton’s penalty.
Lewis Hamilton, who surpassed Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya’s record of 1,24,770 race laps in 2005 in the first two training sessions, improved his grades in qualifying as his tire warmed up.
In the second session of the qualifying lap, the British driver laps with 1.23,595 and fell below his time of 1,23,804 yesterday. Hamilton was also the fastest in the second session with a time of 1.23.082.
Hamilton, who pulled his time up to 1,22,868 in the last session, finished first in the qualifying laps. Hamilton, who was the first name to go below 1.24 in Istanbul Park, also managed to become the first pilot to go below 1.23.
Hamilton started from 11th place
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton started tomorrow’s race from 11th place due to his penalty.
The British driver, who is fighting for the championship and leading by two points ahead of Verstappen in the drivers’ classification, was penalized to start 10 places behind on Friday for replacing the internal combustion engine in the power unit.
Hamilton’s teammate Fin Valtteri Bottas, who had the second fastest lap with 1.22.998 in the qualifying laps, started the race from the first pocket.
Championship contender Verstappen in second pocket
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who won the pole position in 8 of the 15 races run until the Turkish Grand Prix this season, placed second in Istanbul.
The Dutch driver, who made the third fastest lap with a time of 1.23.196 in the qualifying laps, shared the first line with Bottas.
Red Bull’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez was 7th in qualifying with 1,23,706.
Leclerc 4th, Sainz 15th
Charles Leclerc of Monaco, one of the Ferrari drivers, completed the qualifying laps in 4th place, while Spanish Carlos Sainz was 15th.
Leclerc, who managed to stay in the third session with the last lap time in the second session, became the fourth fastest driver with a time of 1.23,265.
Sainz, who will start tomorrow’s race from the last row because he changed the power unit, finished the qualifying laps in 15th place, where he tried to set the race settings of his car.