Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in FP1 for the Turkish Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Hamilton has, however, received a grid penalty, having taken a new engine at Istanbul Park.
The Mercedes man doesn’t have an exceptional record here, especially over one lap. It is a rare circuit where he has never been on pole – and with that grid penalty, that is a stat that won’t change this weekend.
The championship leader set the fastest time of 1m 24.178s in FP1 on Friday after it was confirmed that he would take a new engine for Sunday’s race, and a 10-place grid penalty as a result. Verstappen finished 0.425s off, with Leclerc just 0.051s off the new-look Red Bull in P3.
Hamilton looks well-placed, with a car that is already to his liking. But based on Verstappen’s radio, Red Bull have some work to do between sessions.
The Dutchman was complaining about low grip – followed by tire graining.
Valtteri Bottas in the 2nd Mercedes and Carlos Sainz Jr. in the 2nd Ferrari rounded out the top-5.
Wanker Sergio Perez could only manage 10th in the 2nd Red Bull Honda as he remains zero support for Max Verstappen.
Practice 1 Results
|2||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:24.603||+0.425s||23|
|5||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1:24.860||+0.682s||24|
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:24.909||+0.731s||29|
|7||4||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes||1:25.347||+1.169s||25|
|8||10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri Honda||1:25.382||+1.204s||29|
|9||14||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:25.383||+1.205s||25|
|10||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Honda||1:25.459||+1.281s||23|
|11||63||George Russell||Williams Mercedes||1:25.685||+1.507s||24|
|12||3||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes||1:25.750||+1.572s||25|
|13||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:25.810||+1.632s||25|
|14||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:25.813||+1.635s||23|
|15||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:25.863||+1.685s||27|
|16||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||1:25.933||+1.755s||23|
|17||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:26.361||+2.183s||28|
|18||22||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri Honda||1:26.424||+2.246s||27|
|19||47||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:26.636||+2.458s||24|
|20||9||Nikita Mazepin||Haas Ferrari||1:27.019||+2.841s||27|