Mercedes ’big series was interrupted in the time trial of the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix. After winning 13 rows, it was not a black but a pink car that got the first starting frame, driven by Lance Stroll.
Lewis Hamilton, moreover, got out of the fastest Racing Point by just under 4.7 seconds and was only the sixth-placed Mercedes defending champion. His teammate Valtteri Bottas didn’t even go that far, the Finn only finished ninth. “I do not know what to say. We fought the hardest, we could go that fast, ”the British assessed his timer.
Hamilton says the asphalt in Istanbul Park is still awful. On Friday, he still touched the track with unsolicited words, but on Saturday he was already more subtle. “It’s like driving on ice. For some reason, some can make their tires work better than we do. I think we all suffered, but some were better than others. ”
“I performed as well as I could. I didn’t spin, I didn’t make a mistake, so I’m basically glad I got everything out of what I had. The line drawing is great, but the grip is so low that we can’t really turn at the speed we want. It was a challenge anyway, and the challenges are always good, ”Hamilton summed up.
The six-time world champion could be a seven-time champion even with this result, since if he closes in front of Bottas, his teammate will no longer have a mathematical chance to win first place in the points race.