Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix Formula 1 despite the fact that he was not the fastest driver in the classification. That privilege goes to Lewis Hamilton, who has kept his end of the deal and will start from eleventh after having changed part of the engine.
Turkey is serving to embody the superiority of the Mercedes car at this point in the season. The dominance of Hamilton and Bottas is being maximum, so it should not be ruled out that the world leader is capable of going back in the race to the podium and who knows if even to victory.
Fernando Alonso will start fifth and dreams of the podium in Istanbul
Yes indeed, you can’t say Max Verstappen failed. On the contrary, he has managed to put the Red Bull in third position on the timesheets, which will make him start second in the race. Like Bottas, and also like Hamilton, he will have to start on the medium tires of the Pirelli range, and he will surely attack the other Mercedes in the first few laps.
The one who is again too far behind is Sergio Pérez, who has only achieved a seventh position that will make him come out sixth. The work of the Mexican, who will also start on medium tires, when it comes to containing Hamilton will be essential to justify his presence as Red Bull’s second driver.
Great qualifying for Ferrari, who managed to get Charles Leclerc into third position on the grid. He has the speed to fight for the podium. What’s more, Ferrari has used the sanctioned Carlos Sainz in the best possible way: First he eliminated Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren, a direct rival, in Q1, and then he gave the slipstream to Leclerc in Q2, when he was in a hurry.
Superb performance also for Fernando Alonso, who will start fifth and at times he has even dreamed of something else. His pace on medium tires is encouraging, so much so that it makes one dream that he will be able to get on the podium if a favorite fails and he manages to overtake Pierre Gasly at the start, who will start fourth.
Lando Norris was the best McLaren, but he was only eighth, ahead of Lance Stroll and a Yuki Tsunoda who is the only rider who has passed the Q2 cut on soft tires, so you will have to go out with them. Tenth, just in front of Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel leaves, who did not make the cut and will be able to choose.
Carlos Sainz spinning top! Verstappen Top!
– DAZN Spain (@DAZN_ES) October 9, 2021
But if someone has starred in the big surprise of the day that is Mick Schumacher, which for the first time all season has been able to sneak a Haas in Q2. The German rookie took advantage of the wet conditions of the asphalt in Q1, and the four drops that have fallen, to surprise and pass his first cut in Formula 1.
Qualifying results Formula 1 GP Turkey 2021
|3||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:24.592||1:23.732||1:23.196||25|
|5||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI HONDA||1:24.704||1:23.817||1:23.326||24|
|6||14||Fernando Alonso||ALPINE RENAULT||1:25.174||1:23.914||1:23.477||24|
|7||11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:24.963||1:23.961||1:23.706||24|
|8||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:25.138||1:24.642||1:23.954||25|
|9||18||Lance Stroll||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:25.511||1:24.601||1:24.305||23|
|10||22||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI HONDA||1:25.409||1:24.054||1:24.368||24|
|11||5||Sebastian Vettel||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:25.787||1:24.795||19|
|12||31||Esteban Ocon||ALPINE RENAULT||1:25.422||1:24.842||18|
|13||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:25.417||1:25.007||20|
|14||47||Mick Schumacher||HAAS FERRARI||1:25.555||1:25.200||19|
|16||3||Daniel Ricciardo||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:25.881||10|
|17||6||Nicholas latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:26.086||10|
|18||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:26.430||11|
|19||7||Kimi Raikkonen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:27.525||11|
|20||9||Nikita mazepin||HAAS FERRARI||1:28.449||10|