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Lewis Hamilton Dominates Turkish GP Practice After 10-place Grid Penalty

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton was quickest in each of Friday’s observe periods for the Turkish Grand Prix however has to take a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race having had the engine changed on his Mercedes. Championship chief Hamilton was quickest within the second observe with a time of 1min 23.804sec forward of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Valtteri Bottas within the different Mercedes was third, adopted by Red Bull pair Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, the Dutchman who trails Hamilton by simply two factors within the title race. Verstappen was greater than half a second behind Hamilton who averted a full grid penalty as the whole energy unit was not modified.

On Sunday, on the observe the place Hamilton wrapped up the 2020 title, he’ll begin in 11th place at greatest.

If one other half is modified on Saturday and even earlier than the race on Sunday, he will likely be penalised extra closely.

“The observe felt so totally different to final 12 months – in 2020, oil was rising from the brand new floor and the grip was so tough to seek out,” mentioned Hamilton.

“We’re pretty near the utmost we will extract from the bundle however we at all times discover one thing in a single day, so we’ll be working arduous to take our tempo into tomorrow – hopefully it isn’t raining!

“I’ve plenty of work to do on Sunday and I would like to only concentrate on getting the perfect out of tomorrow, clearly aiming for pole to restrict the lack of the penalty.”

Hamilton gained the 100th race of his profession within the final spherical of the championship in Russia.

Verstappen, who was second in Russia, regardless of ranging from the again of the grid, mentioned it “was not he better of days”.

“It’s a brilliant good observe particularly with the improved circumstances but it surely seems like we’ve so much to undergo this night as a result of at present wasn’t the perfect of days,” mentioned the Dutchman.

“We tried just a few various things going from FP1 to FP2 however we’re nonetheless wanting round for enhancements as we don’t have plenty of information on these vehicles for this observe.

“Of course, Lewis is taking a penalty on Sunday however we’ve to concentrate on ourselves, hopefully we will make enhancements earlier than qualifying tomorrow as we’ve some challenges, we’ll see what we will do.”

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