Formula 1: Hamilton criticizes slide in Istanbul: “shit”

Hamilton criticizes slide: “shit”

The Turkey GP could turn into a chaos race according to the findings of the training. Cold temperatures and new asphalt.

S.o The Formula 1 drivers certainly did not envision the return to the Turkish GP (Sunday, 11.10 a.m.) after nine years: cold temperatures, new asphalt, the lap times significantly slower than in 2011 – although the cars are actually much faster. In addition, the Formula 1 field is mixed up: a Ferrari in second place, world champion Lewis Hamilton only fourth.
As in the first practice session, Max Verstappen was the fastest man on the track. The Red Bull driver needed 1: 28.330 minutes for one lap. “That was a positive day for us. The car worked well, we can be really satisfied,” said Verstappen, summarizing the day.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc came in second. The Monegasse thus confirmed the good Ferrari performance in Istanbul. Sebastian Vettel was eighth, 1.2 seconds behind Leclerc.
The two title candidates Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have to be satisfied with third and fourth places. After all, the long run pace was promising. Hamilton admits: “The hard tire is useless, the medium works like that, and the soft one is a bit better. If the tires don’t work, you don’t know what the problem with the balance is. It’s just the tires. We we have a lot of work to do tonight. “

Rain in qualifying?

Hamilton finished fourth

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The problem on Friday: The temperatures are low in Istanbul, the asphalt is new and not as rough as Pirelli expected. The tire monopolist has therefore brought the three hardest compounds with him. Result: lots of slides and twists. The teams that get the tires up to temperature quickly have an advantage. In the course of the season that was actually Mercedes, thanks to the “DAS” system, but also Ferrari.

Hamilton is really pissed: “This circuit is such a fantastic circuit and I really don’t understand why they spend millions to put it on. They might have just cleaned it instead of wasting all the money.” And further: “The tires don’t work, and you can see that. It’s like an ice rink out there. That’s shit with a big S.”

Haas driver Romain Grosjean: “I suggested to the team that everyone get their rental car and go out on the track between the two sessions and put rubber on.”
Another factor of uncertainty could be the weather. Race day should stay dry, but there is a chance of rain in qualifying. That could turn the already slippery asphalt into an ice surface. Verstappen already announced that he would then need spikes. Lando Norris radioed: “Every time I give full throttle, the rear breaks out.” George Russell reported: “I always stand sideways in turn eight.” Turn eight is the famous and super-fast quadruple left-hand drive. Combination.

Tomorrow’s the third free practice session at 10 a.m.

Result of 2nd training Turkey GP
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) 1: 28.330
2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +0.401
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +0.575
4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.850
5. Alex Albon (Red Bull-Honda) +1.033
6. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri-Honda) +1,359
7. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri-Honda) +1.614
8. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +1.692
9. Lance Stroll (Racing Point-Mercedes) +1.967
10. Lando Norris (McLaren-Renault) +2,577
11. Sergio Pérez (Racing Point-Mercedes) +2.774
12. Esteban Ocon (Renault) +3,050
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) +3,163
14. Carlos Sainz (McLaren-Renault) +3,168
15. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +3.330
16. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) +3.602
17. George Russell (Williams-Mercedes) +3,972
18. Romain Grosjean (Haas-Ferrari) +4,240
19. Kevin Magnussen (Haas-Ferrari) +4,477
20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams-Mercedes) +5.158


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