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Hamilton looks quickest he’s been all yr, says Horner

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ISTANBUL, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Formula One championship chief Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are trying faster on the Turkish Grand Prix than they’ve been all season, in keeping with Red Bull crew boss Christian Horner.

Mercedes would have had a entrance row lockout at Istanbul Park after Saturday’s qualifying, however for Hamilton accumulating a ten place grid penalty for an engine change that exceeded his allocation.

Instead crew mate Valtteri Bottas will begin on pole with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, two factors adrift of Hamilton within the standings with seven races remaining, alongside on the entrance row.

Horner instructed Sky Sports tv he anticipated Hamilton to make swift progress from eleventh.

“Lewis has looked probably the quickest he’s looked all year here,” he mentioned.

“The Mercedes is hooked up around here, it’s working well on this asphalt and this circuit and he’s going to be coming through pretty quick.

“So we have simply acquired to give attention to our personal race, get the technique proper, reliability, all these components and see how we pan out.”

Hamilton won on a slippery surface in Turkey last year from sixth on the grid, with Verstappen starting second but finishing sixth.

Verstappen will start Sunday’s race on the ‘dirty’ side of the track, with less grip.

Asked whether he had the pace to beat the Mercedes, the driver’s answer was blunt: “No. But we are going to after all simply attempt to comply with and see what we are able to do and see what occurs within the race usually.”

The Dutch 24-year-old started the previous race in Russia at the back due to a similar penalty, ending up second, and indicated Hamilton could not expect an easy passage from other drivers fighting for position and points.

“It was enjoyable, to be trustworthy, seeing different guys battle in entrance of you, nearly getting taken out, all these type of issues… you simply need to be very alert however I imply I feel now we have all confronted these type of issues,” he said.

“Some have been combating for his or her positions as properly and then you definately get caught up within the struggle they’re in with different vehicles. Of course they’re additionally attempting to race for his or her greatest end result. I had fun in Russia.”

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Christian Radnedge

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