F1 Turkish Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Lewis Hamilton sets TRACK RECORD in qualifying but starts 11th after grid penalty

LEWIS HAMILTON has qualified first in Istanbul after setting a new track record.

However he will start the race in eleventh due to a grid penalty obtained for taken a new combustion engine, exceeding his allocation of changes.

Perhaps more significantly for the Brit, team-mate Valtteri Bottas has qualified in second place, meaning he will start on pole.

Max Verstappen qualified third so will start second, and Hamilton will be hoping Bottas can hold the Dutchman up while he makes his way through the field.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    HAM ON THE HUNT

    Lewis Hamilton has warned title rival Max Verstappen he's going all out to win the Turkish GP.

    The Brit was hit with a ten-place grid penalty after exceeding the engine limit for the season.

    He said: “It really depends on what the weather we’ve got and yes, partly cautious, but also super attacking; I need to win the race somehow. So that’s my goal.

    “I was already third at the end of Turn One last year, so that made a bit of a difference, but it’s a different weekend.

    “My eyes are still solely set on winning the race; it’s going to be very hard from 11th, but not impossible.

    “So… just making sure we’ll deliver maximum attack. It is not going to be easy to fight through, but whether there is a wheel there is a way.

    “We will try and make sure it is balanced and try to minimise the damage and get as high as possible.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAX POWER

    Max Verstappen is NOT happy at starting in second tomorrow.

    He explained: “The main problem is I start second and with the low-grip I’ll probably lose out there, so it is not ideal.

    “It will be difficult to keep Mercedes behind with the pace they have shown in qualifying and in the long runs, but we will try everything we can.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SEVEN-TIME CHAMP

    Lewis Hamilton is chasing his eighth F1 championship.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BACK OF THE PACK

    Daniel Ricciardo will start Sunday's Turkish GP from the back of the grid.

    McLaren fitted his MCL35M with some fresh power unit components.

    The Australian also had a new exhaust fitted, but you're allowed eight allowed per season.

  • Joshua Mbu

    POLE POSITION

    Valtteri Bottas starts from pole position this afternoon.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HIGH PRIORITY

     F1 are set to introduce an engine freeze next season, and Merc boss Totto Wolff says they need to iron out the issues before it kicks in.

    He continued: "I think balancing performance and reliability has always been the key metrics the last couple of years, and it will be going forward.

    "We will not be carrying any deficits into next year, because the deficits are being understood. Now it's about finding solutions that contain these."

  • Joshua Mbu

    UNUSUAL NOISES

    Mercedes boss Totto Wolff admits they have some concerns when it comes the reliability of their F1 power unit.

    Weird noises were heard coming from within the engine.

    Wolff told RacingNews365.com: "Well-spotted. It's tricky, when you start to push the boundaries with power unit performance at a certain stage you will experience some obstacles.

    "Our power units have been the most reliable since the introduction of the hybrid engines in 2014.

    "Because these boundaries are being pushed, we have seen examples of unusual noises within the combustion engine that aren't completely understood at that stage yet, and therefore caused some trouble in the past.

    "We had engines that basically failed. Now it's about containing the problem. Because in that phase, redesigning parts is not something you would tackle."

  • Joshua Mbu

    DAMAGE CONTROL

    Lewis Hamilton did well to limit the damage of the grid penalty.

    The Brit qualified fastest, but dropped to P11.

    He said: "I have a lot of work to do on Sunday so whatever the case I am going to try and focus on how I can get the best out of it.

    “I need to be on pole to limit the loss and then of course I need to understand the car to do my best in terms of the long run.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    RACE DAY

    Williams driver Nicholas Latifi is ready for the Turkish GP!

  • Joshua Mbu

    TIGHT AT THE TOP

    There's just two points between Lewis Hamilton and rival Max Verstappen in the title race.

    But ahead of today's Turkish GP, nine places on the grid separate them.

    Who's finishing the day top of the rankings?

  • Joshua Mbu

    BOT TOP

    Lewis Hamilton's team-mate Bottas starts in pole position today.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOOD MORNING F1 FANS

    Lewis Hamilton will start the Turkish GP in ELEVENTH – despite being the fastest in qualifying.

    The Brit was hit with a ten-place grid deduction for an engine penalty.

    And it means teammate Valtteri Bottas will instead be on pole.

    Meanwhile, title rival Max Verstappen starts in second.

    Hamilton said: "It really depends on what the weather we've got and yes, partly cautious, but also super attacking; I need to win the race somehow. So that's my goal.

    "I was already third at the end of Turn One last year, so that made a bit of a difference, but it's a different weekend.

    "My eyes are still solely set on winning the race; it's going to be very hard from 11th, but not impossible.

    "So… just making sure we'll deliver maximum attack. It is not going to be easy to fight through, but whether there is a wheel there is a way.

    "We will try and make sure it is balanced and try to minimise the damage and get as high as possible."

    Bottas noted: “I’m starting at the front so I'll focus on my own race. It was a good session and the perfect result with Lewis' penalty.

    "I am very motivated. I have not won yet this season, so it is a big motivation for me and I need to focus on that."

    Verstappen added: "The main problem is I start second and with the low-grip I'll probably lose out there, so it is not ideal.

    “It will be difficult to keep Mercedes behind with the pace they have shown in qualifying and in the long runs, but we will try everything we can."

  • Anthony Chapman

    RACE PACE

    The Turkish Grand Prix is almost among us!

    Where will you be watching from?

  • Anthony Chapman

    FER REAL

    Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has avoided a penalty despite ignoring waved yellow flags ordering him to slow down on track.

    The Spaniard took a pop at race stewards earlier this week by saying there were "different rules for different people".

    On Thursday he said: "Let's see the next one that crosses the white line on the pit entry, let's see which nationality he is, and which penalty he will get."

  • Anthony Chapman

    MAX POWER

    Max Verstappen is NOT happy at starting in second tomorrow.

    He explained: "The main problem is I start second and with the low-grip I'll probably lose out there, so it is not ideal.

    “It will be difficult to keep Mercedes behind with the pace they have shown in qualifying and in the long runs, but we will try everything we can."

  • Anthony Chapman

    VAL VAL VOOM

    Valtteri Bottas has his eyes on the prize after taking pole in Turkey.

    He said: “I’m starting at the front so I'll focus on my own race. It was a good session and the perfect result with Lewis' penalty.

    "I am very motivated. I have not won yet this season, so it is a big motivation for me and I need to focus on that."

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAM HUNT

    Lewis Hamilton has warned Max Verstappen he's gunning for victory in tomorrow’s Turkish GP – despite his 10-place grid penalty.

    He said: "It really depends on what the weather we've got and yes, partly cautious, but also super attacking; I need to win the race somehow. So that's my goal.

    "I was already third at the end of Turn One last year, so that made a bit of a difference, but it's a different weekend.

    "My eyes are still solely set on winning the race; it's going to be very hard from 11th, but not impossible.

    "So… just making sure we'll deliver maximum attack. It is not going to be easy to fight through, but whether there is a wheel there is a way.

    "We will try and make sure it is balanced and try to minimise the damage and get as high as possible."

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    RACE REPORT

    We've seen the official qualifying classifications, now read the SunSport report for the verdict from Istanbul Park…

    Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Turkey but faces a grid penaltyCredit: AFP
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    TIME KEEPING

    Here is the official qualifying classification from Istanbul Park.

    As SunSport has reported, Hamilton was quickest in his Mercedes but a 10-place grid penalty will see him start tomorrow's race from 11th.

    That means pole position goes to his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Hamilton's championship rival Max Verstappen promoted to the front row from third.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON IS QUICKEST IN QUALIFYING

    A mega job from Hamilton, who has that engine penalty and will have a 10-place penalty.

    Bottas is in P2 but will be promoted to pole for the race. Verstappen is third quickest and elevated to second on the gird.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN IS ONLY QUICK ENOUGH FOR THIRD

    Bottas is second.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON GOES QUICKEST

    A new track record to eclipse Bottas' time. 1:22.868 is the time. What has Verstappen got in reply?

    90 seconds to go. It is Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Gasly, Perez, Alonso, Norris, Leclerc, Tsunoda and Stroll.

  • Ben Hunt

    GASLY IN FOURTH

    With respect to AlphaTauri, it is incredible he has been overlooked for a seat in one of the bigger teams.

  • Ben Hunt

    GOOD START FOR BOTTAS

    The Finn takes provisional pole. Hamilton is second-quickest and Verstappen in third based on their first runs.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q3 IS GO – BACK ON THE QUICKER, SOFT TYRES

    Hamilton v Verstappen. It has been all Hamilton so far this weekend.

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