Tthe 16th race in the formula 1 The season kicks off in Istanbul on Sunday, with the highly anticipated fight starting at 1:00 p.m. CET. Lewis Hamilton was able to minimize the damage to his 10-place engine penalty by taking first place in qualifying on Saturday and is now starting the race from position eleven. In this live blog about the Turkish GP we will have all the updates from Istanbul Park.
Turkish Grand Prix Live Coverage – Updated F1 Live Text Commentary
This is the start of our live blog for the Turkey Grand Prix. We have all of the build and then the updates to the session itself, with the entries closest to the most recent.
Lap 26: Haas lapped
Similar to most races this year, the Haas cars are the first to be lapped by the top group of three. However, some drivers are now reporting more rain that could play into the hands of Ricciardo on his new tires.
Lap 23: Ricciardo pits
We have a player. Stuck in 16th place for the entire race, Daniel Ricciardo has decided that a new set of intermediates is the way to go to win places. He’s the first to pits for new shoes, so everyone will be focused on the times of the McLaren sector. Meanwhile, Tsunoda turns a lap at turn nine and falls behind Vettel, Ocon and Giovinazzi.
Lap 22: The “Slick Medium” tire
As was the case a year ago, the heavily worn intermediates are the fastest tires whose tires offer sufficient grip under these conditions, but a proper slick tire run cannot be far now.
Lap 18: Sainz one more place up
It’s all a bit of a copy and paste right now. Carlos Sainz provided the race entertainment almost single-handedly when he overtook Yuki Tsunoda in ninth place. Bottas and Verstappen swapped the fastest laps at the top, although the track is not yet dry enough for slick tires.
Lap 14: Sainz and Vettel touch
Carlos Sainz’s indictment continues, but this one was not as comprehensive as the others. The Ferrari dived in late and got a slight oversteer that let it slip into Vettel, who left as much space as possible. No obvious damage, but Sainz goes into the points. In the meantime, Hamilton has hammered in the fastest laps and easily caught up with Gasly and overtook him in fifth.
Round 12: Hamilton supports Norris
Hamilton won another place as he sped through Norris at Turn 12. The McLaren is not at the pace it has shown in recent races, with Ricciardo in 16th place behind Russell’s Williams.
Lap 11: Time penalties for Gasly and Alonso
Pierre Gasly has been expected to have received a five-second penalty for colliding with Fernando Alonso at Turn One, but the Spaniard is then hit with one of his own after turning Mick Schumacher’s Haas a lap later.
Lap 9: Hamilton finally makes his move
Yuki Tsunoda bravely defended himself against Lewis Hamilton, but the champion left the AlphaTauri behind with a super move around the outside of the third corner. Meanwhile, Sainz is still (literally) sailing through the field, past Giovinazzi and Ocon to 11th place. Hamilton then overtook Stroll a lap later and looked at Lando Norris’ back for seventh place.
Lap 7: Sainz in action
Carlos Sainz has always been good in the wet, so maybe his father’s rallying experience will pay off as he passes George Russell and Kimi Raikkonen on consecutive laps on his way to 13th. Today could be a good points day for the jumping horse despite the engine penalty.
Round 5: calm down
A hectic opening round has settled into a rhythm, Bottas is two seconds ahead of Verstappen at the top. Repetitions show that Alonso Schumacher marked what was the reason for his rotation. There is already talk of tire overheating, as experienced in FP3, which may now use more than one set of intermediates.
Round 2: Schumacher turns
A great qualifying performance by Mick Schumacher yesterday was ruined by a spin that left the German in 19th place behind his team-mate. Meanwhile, Hamilton tries his hand at Yuki Tsunoda, but the Japanese racing driver holds back the seven-time champion.
Round 1: GO GO GO!
We race in Turkey! And a disaster for Fernando Alonso, who is being whirled around by Pierre Gasly who had Sergio Perez inside him. Alonso has dropped to 16th, while Hamilton is already in ninth place. Nicholas Latifi has slipped into the background as Sainz and Ricciardo are both plus two.
1:00 p.m. CEST: lap training in progress
These are the last moments before the race and the last chance for the drivers to get their tires and cars up to temperature. Now is a good time to mention Red Bull’s special Honda / Japan livery this weekend as we should be in Suzuka today that day.
12:40 PM BST: What to Watch Out for
Everyone made it onto the web without incident, which is better than Antonio Giovinazzi Made it last year and many drivers are happy about the damp Turkish tarmac. Above all, Pierre Gasly who led the wet FP3 session yesterday and starts fourth this afternoon. He will also be watched at the start Fernando Alonso who has a knack for superstarts. Lando norris can also be encouraged after his phenomenal pace in difficult conditions in Belgium and Russia this season. And that could also allow Lewis Hamilton good chances for victory in eleventh place on the grid if he survives the first lap unscathed.
11:55 BST: Welcome to race day
Here we go again. We’re only an hour away from the lights for the 2021 Turkey Grand Prix, and as has become tradition over the past few weeks, it’s another wet Sunday with intermediate tires that look most likely for much of today’s race. Cool temperatures also mean that the drying of the track is significantly slower than ideal for the teams. The perfect recipe for a classic Grand Prix!
Starting grid for the Turkish GP
Lewis Hamilton will start in 11th place because of his 10-place penalty at the Turkish Grand Prix, so that everyone from Vettel starts one place ahead.
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- Lando Norris (McLaren)
- Lance Walk (Aston Martin)
- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 10th starting place penalty
- Esteban Ocon (Alps)
- George Russell (Williams)
- Mick Schumacher (Haas)
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
- Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
- Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – Grid Penalty