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Gasly fastest in wet final practice in Turkey

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ISTANBUL, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Pierre Gasly was fastest for AlphaTauri in a wet final practice for the Turkish Grand Prix, with Formula One championship chief Lewis Hamilton, who has a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race, doing solely 5 laps.

Hamilton’s important title rival Max Verstappen, two factors adrift of the Mercedes driver with seven races remaining, was second fastest for Red Bull with Mexican group mate Sergio Perez third.

Gasly’s time of 1 minute 30.447 seconds in comparison with Hamilton’s better of 1:23.804 in dry situations in Friday practice.

The Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz, who begins from the again of the grid as a consequence of engine penalties, and Charles Leclerc have been fourth and fifth however the occasions meant little on a observe drying in a while.

Hamilton was 18th after a session on the Istanbul Park Circuit that was briefly red-flagged midway via when the Briton’s future group mate George Russell beached his Williams in the gravel at flip two.

Qualifying follows in a while Saturday, with Hamilton needing to safe pole to restrict the harm attributable to the 10-place drop as a consequence of exceeding his engine allocation for the season.

The climate forecast for the session is blended, with doable patches of rain.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, enhancing by Ken Ferris

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