F1: Hamilton continues domination in Turkey

Not only did Lewis Hamilton lead both Practice 1 and Practice 2 for this weekend’s Turkish GP in Istanbul, the race pace in his Mercedes is phenomenal. His arch rival, Max Verstappen, is in trouble so far, much slower on both qualifying and race pace.

Hamilton’s lap of 1m23.804s was 0.166s faster than the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.  While his 1-lap pace wasn’t bad, Leclerc’s race pace is not competitive.  Like Red Bull, Ferrari has work to do overnight as well.

Valtteri Bottas was 3rd quick in the 2nd Mercedes 0.41s back.

Miraculously Sergio Perez was faster than his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen in 4th and 5th.  This is rare to see, so perhaps Verstappen is sandbagging.

Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in their new retro-Honda colors for this weekend. They are superior to the regular drab Red Bull colors

Aston Martin are considering an engine change overnight on their hapless cars as both Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel are out to lunch.

So it is Hamilton to the fore – but he won’t be on pole here, as he has that ten place grid penalty to serve after taking a fourth ICE for the season, exceeding his allocation of three.
Could this be a Leclerc specialty circuit? He has two poles this season already, and is pretty handy over one lap.
There is just one hour of practice left then, but will it stay dry? There is some overnight rain forecast, which could play a part in tomorrow’s proceedings. And as for qualifying, who knows what will happen.
One thing is for sure – on pure pace, Hamilton is the man to beat so far.
Lewis Hamilton gets service from his impeccable Mercedes crew

Practice 2 Results

1 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m23.804s +0.000s
2 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m23.970s +0.166
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas 1m24.214s +0.410
4 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing 1m24.373s +0.569
5 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 1m24.439s +0.635
6 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m24.525s +0.721
7 Fernando Alonso CHI Alpine F1 Team 1m24.660s +0.856
8 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team 1m24.672s +0.866
9 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m24.756s +0.952
10 Antonio Giovinazzi GBR Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m24.796s +0.992
11 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1m24.882s +1.078
12 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1m24.903s +1.099
13 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant 1m25.020s +1.216
14 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m25.060s +1.256
15 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 1m25.143s +1.339
16 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant 1m25.229s +1.425
17 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing 1m23.307s +1.503
18 George Russell ISR Williams Racing 1m25.358s +1.554
19 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m25.480s +1.676
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team 1m25.698s +1.894


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