Ferrari Tried To Sign Lewis Hamilton
An increasingly acrimonious rivalry between the pair sees Hamilton lead the standings by just two points, but he will have to come from behind to maintain that advantage this afternoon. The seven-time world champion was handed a 10-place grid penalty after Mercedes replaced his Internal Combustion Engine for a fourth time this season, one more change than is permitted under Formula One regulations. It means that Hamilton will start from eleventh on the grid, having been the quickest in qualifying. His Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, inherited pole position having finished 0.13 seconds behind the Briton. Verstappen will start in second on the grid with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third.
Despite his superior speed, Hamilton was wary in his analysis of his chances. “Tomorrow will be difficult but I will give it everything,” he said. “It is not the easiest overtaking at the moment and we are all on the same tyres.” Meanwhile, Verstappen said he was “pretty happy” with the Red Bull’s performance in qualifying, despite admitting they did not have the pace to compete with Mercedes in Istanbul. Follow latest updates from the race below:
Norris catches Hamilton and Gasly
Hamilton is dreadfully slow on his new intermediate tyres right now and Lando Norris is right behind Pierre Gasly in the chasing pack.
The championship leader could lose a couple of places in the final two laps, and needs to defend hard.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:31
Hamilton furious as Gasly closes in
Hamilton is on the radio to ask which position he is currently in and is livid to learn that he is now higher than fifth.
“We shouldn’t have come in, man,” he bellows. “I’ve got massive graining. I told you!”
Pierre Gasly is around two seconds per lap faster right now, and seems set to steal a position from Hamilton.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:29
Perez passes Leclerc
Sergio Perez is fighting Leclerc meanwhile and the Mexican outs together a brilliant final few corners to get the move down in the third sector.
Perez has driven extremely well this afternoon, and Hamilton is now setting his sights on Leclerc’s fourth position.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:26
Hamilton in the pits
Mercedes have overruled Lewis Hamilton now and he’s in for a new set of intermediate tyres. That puts him down to fifth, with a very small gap to Pierre Gasly behind.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:23
Leclerc hunting down Hamilton
Charles Leclerc is now 10 seconds behind Hamilton after his stop, but is faster by over a second per lap on his new tyres already.
Mercedes ask Hamilton whether he would like to stop but the world champion responds: “I’m sliding around but it’s ok!”
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:22
Leclerc finally in the pits
Ferrari’s tyre gamble hasn’t paid off and Leclerc is called into the pits for the second set of intermediates he had so long refused.
That brings the Monegasque driver out in fourth, behind Hamilton, who remains on his original set of tyres.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:18
Bottas takes the lead!
Valtteri Bottas re-takes the lead of the Turkish Grand Prix with a calm slide down the inside into the turn 1 with Leclerc struggling heavily on his worn intermediates.
The Finn is in an extremely strong position to win the race now.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:17
Leclerc makes error in the lead
Leclerc now overshoots his braking into one of the corners in the final sector, and Bottas gains four seconds to close right up on to the gearbox of the Ferrari.
The Finn needs to choose the right moment to try and make the move in treacherous conditions like this.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:14
Hamilton thinking of dry tyres
Hamilton is now on the radio to say “it’s not far off dries”.
The seven-time world champion seems to be gambling that waiting for a dry enough track is the way to go. Leclerc and Esteban Ocon are the other drivers who have yet to stop.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:13
Hamilton defies Mercedes
Hamilton is told to “box, box” but refuses to enter the pits.
Race engineer Peter Bonnington insists that “a new set of inters is the way to go”, but Hamilton stays out on track for now at least.
Dan Austin10 October 2021 14:10