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Hamilton qualifies quickest but Bottas takes pole

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  • Hamilton quickest but begins eleventh as a result of penalty
  • Bottas on pole with Verstappen alongside
  • Leclerc and Gasly on the second row
  • Hamilton is 2 factors forward of Verstappen

ISTANBUL, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton certified quickest for the Turkish Grand Prix on Saturday but a 10-place grid penalty for the Formula One championship chief meant Mercedes crew mate Valtteri Bottas took pole place.

Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen, two factors behind the Briton with seven races remaining, certified third for Red Bull and can be a part of Bottas on the entrance row at Istanbul Park on Sunday.

The pole was a primary since Portugal in May for Bottas, and the 18th of his profession, but Hamilton was quickest in each part of qualifying after taking the hit for a brand new engine that exceeded his season’s allocation.

“Tomorrow is going to be difficult but I’ll give it everything,” mentioned Britain’s seven occasions world champion Hamilton of the duty forward.

“We’ve got the long straight down the back, we’ll see what we can do. Hopefully we can give the fans here a good race.”

Verstappen took a grid penalty on the earlier race in Russia and completed second after beginning in the back of the sphere, his progress helped after late rain brought about issues for others.

Mercedes will likely be seeking to Bottas, who’s leaving the crew for Alfa Romeo on the finish of the season, to maintain Verstappen behind him whereas Hamilton units about combating by from eleventh.

“I’ll focus on my own race tomorrow, that’s the way to go when you start in front, and try to keep up a good pace,” mentioned the Finn.

Verstappen struggled with the setup in Friday observe, with the observe far grippier than final yr’s slippery floor, but mentioned the crew had made “a decent recovery.

“Tomorrow, lining up in second, let’s wait and see what the climate will do, but general I’m fairly comfortable,” said the Dutch 24-year-old.

“Let’s see how aggressive we will likely be within the race. The tyre put on appears fairly excessive across the observe, but it is fairly enjoyable to drive.”

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will share the second row with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, who will be expected by Red Bull to make life difficult for Hamilton as a driver for their sister team.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso, for Alpine, and Verstappen’s Mexican team mate Sergio Perez line up together on row three and will also be hard to get past.

McLaren’s Lando Norris, on pole in Russia and leading until the final laps, was eighth fastest and starts seventh with Lance Stroll alongside for Aston Martin.

Hamilton will also have to get past AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and four times world champion Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.

Further back, Mick Schumacher got his Haas into the second phase with an impressive lap and lines up 14th for the only team yet to score a point this season.

McLaren’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, qualified 16th with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz keeping him out of the second phase right at the end.

Sainz, who starts at the back of the grid due to an engine change, also gave team mate Leclerc a useful aerodynamic tow to help the Monegasque into the final phase.

Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Ken Ferris

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