Valtteri Bottas wins the pole position of the F1 Turkish GP. The Finn of the Mercedes laps in 1’23 “071, preceding the Red Bull of the Dutch Max Verstappen (1’23” 196) and the Ferrari of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (1’23 “265). The fastest on the track is the leader of the world championship, the Englishman of the Mercedes Lewis Hamilton who stops the chronometers on a time of 1’22 “868 but tomorrow will start from eleventh position due to the loss of 10 places on the grid for the replacement of the internal combustion engine. The other Ferrari driver, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz, will start last for the replacement of the power unit.
Alongside Leclerc in the second row will be the French Pierre Gasly (1’23 “326) with the Alpha Tauri. Third row for the Spaniard from Alpine Fernando Alonso (1’23” 477) and for the Mexican of Red Bull Sergio Perez (1’23 “773). McLaren’s Englishman Lando Norris (1’24” 053) will start seventh, leaving behind the Japan of the Alpha Tauri Yuki Tsunoda (1’24 “978) and the Canadian of the Aston Martin Lance Stroll (1’25 “112).
“The team result was what we wanted. Lewis has the minimum penalty starting from 11th and I am on pole. We did what we wanted. Tomorrow I will focus on my race. This is the only thing you have to do when you start in front. . I will try to have a good pace. ”Thus Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, after the pole position conquered in the Turkish GP, the 18th in his career. Hamilton, the fastest on the track. “Qualifying was good in difficult conditions, especially in Q1. Also in Q3 there was still a bit of wet in Turn 1. I did a good lap even though I lost something in the last sector due to understeer. I enjoyed it, “concludes Bottas.
“I always dream of winning even when I start 15th and, also tomorrow, I will push for it. Of course I know that we will not play with the two in front for the championship and that the goal is to beat McLaren: we need to take important points at the end. of the race “. So Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc after finishing third in qualifying for the Turkish GP. “I was scared at the beginning of qualifying because it was difficult to drive the car, I was sliding a lot but in Q3 I managed to put everything together in the last lap and be fast – adds the Monegasque -. I think the choice of the average in Q2 was the right one for tomorrow as well. I’m happy, but we’ll see how it goes tomorrow. The car was very good right from the first free sessions. With the rain we struggled more, but it wasn’t bad anyway. In qualifying, especially at the end, I found the feeling of Friday “.