Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen in first practice but grid penalty is confirmed – .

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Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen in first practice but grid penalty is confirmed – .


Lewis Hamilton 0.4 seconds faster than Ferrari’s Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc during the first practice in Istanbul; Hamilton’s 10-place grid penalty for the race was upheld on Friday morning; Much faster times than last year with improved grip levels

Last update: 10/08/21 11:58 am

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Anthony Davidson was at SkyPad to compare Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest lap in the first practice before the Turkish Grand Prix.

Anthony Davidson was at SkyPad to compare Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s fastest lap in the first practice before the Turkish Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton set a breakneck pace ahead of Max Verstappen in the Turkish GP’s opening practice, as the championship leader enjoyed a positive start to the weekend despite being confirmed on the grid penalty.

Hamilton will face a 10-grid penalty for Sunday’s race after Mercedes opted to install a new engine (ICE) to better serve him in their fight against Verstappen in the final seven rounds of the season.

But as this news filtered off the track, Hamilton dominated – much faster and apparently a lot more comfortable on the thrilling Istanbul Park circuit than any other driver.

Hamilton set several track records in the morning and finished with a fastest time of 1: 24.178, 0.425s faster than Verstappen in the new Red Bull look that was transformed as a tribute to outgoing Honda engine suppliers.

Charles Leclerc was just behind Verstappen in third for Ferrari as, with improved grip levels, the lap times were more than 10 seconds faster than at this stage last year in Turkey.

Valtteri Bottas, who could have a key role to play against Verstappen with Hamilton at the bottom of the grid on Sunday, finished fourth ahead of Carlos Sainz, who also suffers an engine penalty this weekend.

Esteban Ocon finished sixth, although his time – 0.7s behind – was impressive considering he posted it on hard tires.

Lando Norris, desperate to bounce back from his grief at the Russian GP, ​​Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez filled the rest of the top-10. Red Bull are certainly hoping for more from Perez throughout the weekend as they look to take advantage of Hamilton’s penalty.

The second practice starts at 1 p.m., live only on Sky Sports F1.

GP de Turquie Practice One Timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.178
2) Max Verstappen Red bull +0.425
3) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.476
4) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.664
5) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.682
6) Esteban Ocon Alpin +0.731
7) Lando Norris McLaren +1.169
8) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.204
9) Fernando Alonso Alpin +1,205
10) Sergio Perez Red bull +1.281
11) Georges Russel Williams +1.507
12) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +1.572
13) Sébastien Vettel Aston Martin +1.632
14) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.635
15) Nicolas Latifi Williams +1.685
16) Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo +1.755
17) Start the walk Aston Martin +2.183
18) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2,246
19) Mick Schumacher Haas +2.458
20) Nikita Mazepin Haas +2.841

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