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Lewis Hamilton ‘Terrified’ By New Istanbul Surface After Practice Slip And Slide




A annoyed Lewis Hamilton mentioned he was baffled and terrified by the treacherous nature of the monitor after winding up fourth for Mercedes in Friday’s opening follow for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix. The 35-year-old Briton, who’s in search of to seal a record-equalling seventh world title in Sunday’s race, mentioned his day’s follow had been “a little bit of a disaster” on the Istanbul Park circuit. “This is such a fantastic circuit and I really don’t understand why they spend millions to do a re-surface of the track,” he mentioned. “I know it’s been sitting around for a long time, but maybe they could have just cleaned it instead of wasting all their money.”

The monitor has not been used for a Formula One race in 9 years for the reason that 2011 Turkish Grand Prix and in cool and damp circumstances it supplied little or no grip.

“Now, it’s worse than Portimao (Portugal) with its new floor so, for us, the tyres aren’t working and you may see it is like an ice-rink on the market.

“You do not fairly get the enjoyment of the lap as you’ll count on right here at Istanbul and I do not see that altering.”

He mentioned each lap was a really difficult expertise.

“It’s terrifying – the entire manner spherical. There are moist patches throughout.

“So, you’re on slicks, accelerating and it goes so fast.”

He defined that as a result of chilly his tyres weren’t working correctly and, on such a clean circuit, his issues have been exacerbated by oil seeping from the brand new asphalt.

The new floor was solely 10 days outdated and the floor of the circuit had been washed in a single day earlier than opening follow making it near-impossible to generate warmth within the tyres.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who topped the occasions in each of Friday’s periods, agreed with the six-time champion’s evaluation.

“Well, it can’t get any worse basically,” he mentioned. 

“We’re nonetheless miles off and it is like driving on ice. Worse by far than it was at Portimao. At the tip of the day, it is the identical for everybody so we simply must adapt to it.

“I hope it isn’t going to rain as it is going to be like correct driving on ice so perhaps we must change to spikes or one thing on the tyres. That could be fairly attention-grabbing. So, let’s have a look at.”

Charles Leclerc, who was second for Ferrari, was one other who slithered and spun, however mentioned he felt glad with a aggressive displaying to complete up forward of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. 

“After some time, I actually loved it,” he mentioned. 

The Finn is the one driver who can cease Hamilton lifting his seventh title on Sunday and, drawing on his expertise of winter rallies in Finland, he mentioned he had loved the change.

“At first, it was a good distance from what we’re usually used to in F1, however I loved it. I used to be taking part in round a bit and it was enjoyable.”

Bottas must out-score Hamilton by no less than eight factors to maintain his title problem alive.

Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate London-born Thai Alex Albon was fifth and admitted he was involved concerning the slippery circumstances forward of Saturday’s qualifying.

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“It’s unhealthy,” he said. “I do not know what we’re going to do in qualifying. I do not know if everybody’s going to exit within the inexperienced mild and all of us simply drive round on softs the entire session with a flood of gasoline in to do a race run. 

“That’s what it feels like everybody is going to do.”

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