Valtteri Bottas breaks his victory drought, but Hamilton ends the race wondering what could have been after a botched tyre gamble. Featuring F1 stat man Sean Kelly.
Valtteri Bottas starred in the Turkish Grand Prix with a faultless wet-weather performance to help teammate Lewis Hamilton minimise the damage of a difficult weekend.
As part of Australia’s National Safe Work Month, FIA Formula 1 Safety Car Driver Bernd Mayländer joins us to reflect on two decades at the front of the F1 field, consider how safety has improved since 2000, remember the most difficult weather conditions he’s driven in and discusses the pressure of pushing hard while leading a pack of F® cars, while we review Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix won by Valtteri Bottas.
Turkish road authorities should have had Lewis Hamilton’s car crushed on lap 50. Franz Tost tells F1’s critics to FRO. We forget who drove for Haas at the end of last year.
Michael Lamonato joined Matt Grubelich to share his thoughts on the Turkish Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas wielded his almost uncharacteristically strong Mercedes to a straightforward victory in Turkey, but teammate Lewis Hamilton didn’t have nearly an easy time of his afternoon in Istanbul.
Valtteri Bottas has beaten Max Verstappen to an easy victory at the Turkish Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton slumped to fifth in the wet.
Valtteri Bottas dominated a wet Turkish Grand Prix, but Max Verstappen has retaken the world championship lead by finishing second while Lewis Hamilton faded to fifth after rising as high as third from his 11th-place start.
Rain drenched the track in the morning, and although it reduced to barely a drizzle for the race, the track never truly dries, and the entire race was run with wet rubber.
In the tricky conditions Bottas executed the perfect start from pole to hold Max Verstappen in second at the first apex, and from there he wielded his Mercedes to perfection to constantly massage open the gap to the Dutchman until it was effectively insurmountable.Continue reading on RACER
Cometh the hour, cometh the man — at least that’s Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for Valtteri Bottas come lights out on Sunday.
Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position for the Turkish Grand Prix after qualifying-topping teammate Lewis Hamilton was slapped with a penalty for an engine change.
Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to the fastest time of qualifying at the Turkish Grand Prix, although a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change will promote the Finn to pole position for the race.
Max Verstappen will start alongside Bottas on the front row after finishing the afternoon third.
Mercedes’s superiority at Istanbul Park has been clear from first practice on Friday, and even the jeopardy of a sprinkling of rain at the start of qualifying did little to dampen Hamilton’s position as the favourite for the session.Continue reading on RACER
Lewis Hamilton ended Friday at the Turkish Grand Prix as the quickest driver while title rival Max Verstappen struggled for pace.
Hamilton bettered his fastest time from morning practice to lower the bar to 1m23.804s, beating the absolute track record for the Istanbul Park circuit by almost a second.
Completing Hamilton’s perfect day was his race-simulation performance, his Mercedes lapping the quickest of all with full tanks, which bodes well for his recovery from a 10-place grid penalty for an internal combustion engine change this weekend.Continue reading on RACER
Lewis Hamilton has started the Turkish Grand Prix with the fastest time of first practice, but Mercedes confirmed the Briton will serve a grid penalty for a new engine part.
Formula 1 is enjoying substantially better conditions on its return to Istanbul, with warmer weather and a grippier track banishing memories of last year’s drizzly conditions and greasy surface.
The improvement in the circuit has been immediately obvious. Hamilton’s best lap of first practice, a 1m24.178s, was more than four seconds quicker than the fastest time set at any point this time last year.Continue reading on RACER
We talk the all-time great airports, the all-time great breakfast activities and the all-time great conspiracies but not really about Turkey.
Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s seven-title record with one of his all-time great drives.
Lewis Hamilton won his seventh world title with a champion drive, recovering from sixth and almost 25 seconds off the lead in the first third of the race to dominate the field by half a minute come the chequered flag.
There were conditions made for Hamilton, but not necessarily his Mercedes car, which had struggled on the slippery surface all weekend. Rather than machinery, this was a win founded on patience and experience, allowing Hamilton’s pure ability to shine on a day he equalled Michael Schumacher’s championship record.
And it wasn’t only the Briton who shone in the difficult weather — those who trusted their gut tended to win big in a race that rewarded nous and instinct, making F1’s Turkey return the season’s most memorably race.
Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s record seven world championships with a masterclass of mixed-conditions racing at a thrilling Turkish Grand Prix.
The Briton had qualified sixth but only had to prevent teammate Valtteri Bottas from outscoring him by eight points to seal the deal with three rounds to spare.
In the end his finishing position mattered naught, with Bottas spinning out of the points at the very first corner in soaking wet conditions as he attempted to avoid friendly fire between the Renault drivers.