LEWIS HAMILTON went chilly turkey on his blistering assault on a record-equalling seventh world title right here in Istanbul.
The Brit solely wants to complete forward of his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas in Sunday’s Turkish GP.
Lance Stroll turned the primary Canadian to qualify on pole in F1 in 23 yearsCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Lewis Hamilton couldn’t get going however nonetheless nears a seventh world titleCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Hamilton normally excels within the rain, however a deluge proved to be a complete washout, as he qualified down in sixth place whereas Bottas will begin a lowly ninth.
However the Mercedes’ duo’s destiny was solely a part of this story in one other embarrassing show that raises but extra questions for F1 and the FIA’s Race Director, Michael Masi.
In a catalog of cock ups, there was a 44-minute delay because the monitor was deemed too harmful as a result of heavy rain.
Drivers had already criticised the shortage of grip at this Istanbul monitor that has not been used for F1 since 2011.
On prime of that, it had not too long ago been resurfaced, making it tougher for grip, even within the dry.
Additional problems have been attributable to tyre provider Pirelli brazenly admitting it was working information that was ten years previous to choose the tyre choice.
Not that it mattered anyway as a result of on Saturday the poor drainage made this race too harmful for even the very best drivers on the earth.
At one level, a stray canine and a road-sweeper have been the 2 quickest issues on monitor for nearly an hour.
Race stewards despatched out vehicles to clear away the water amid the Q1 downpour
Embarrassing footage beamed all over the world for F1, thought of the head of motorsport.
Fairly why F1 is on this place – utilizing a street sweeper just like your native council – to push water about, slightly than a jet-dryer as they do within the US for IndyCar, is one other query for Masi.
However a good larger trigger for concern must be why the Aussie agreed to beginning the second interval of qualifying whereas a crane was nonetheless on monitor eradicating a Williams that was caught in gravel.
Poor visibility, a moist monitor and a transferring crane; it had scarry echoes to that tragic day in Suzuka in 2014 when Jules Bianchi struck the crane and by no means recovered from his accidents.
Former F1 driver, Marcus Ericsson, who was driving on the Japanese GP that day tweeted: “Please F1 how on earth are you able to begin the session with the protection truck on monitor nonetheless!?!? Have we not discovered from the previous? I can not consider it.”
There have been spins galore with just about each driver having their very own nervy second.
The one driver who appeared assured was Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen, who topped the periods till his group pitted him with six minutes to go for intermediate tyres.
The Dutchman was flying on the moist tyres and he aborted his fast lap to enter the pits for a change of rubber.
Stroll clocked a 1:47.765 to say pole place in IstanbulCredit score: AFP
Romain Grosjean’s arrived late in Turkey after lacking his flight and caught his Haas within the gravelCredit score: Getty – Pool
However the resolution backfired, as he was not in a position to go any faster and misplaced grip, permitting Lance Stroll to take his maiden podium.
The Canadian was then known as in to the stewards, who needed to test to see if he slowed considerably underneath waved yellow flags.
And at last, two and a half hours after he had crossed the road, he was in a position to maintain his entrance row spot forward of Max Verstappen.
For Hamilton, he solely must beat Bottas to clinch the title. And whereas he was scathing in regards to the ‘horrible’ monitor, he’s in a relaxed temper.
He mentioned: “We tried our hardest and did the very best we might and that was the quickest we might go.
“The monitor feels horrible. Similar to driving on ice. For no matter purpose some can get tyres working higher than us.
“Finally we have been all struggling, however some higher than others. I did the very best I might.
“I did not spin or I did not make errors, I am usually completely happy, did every little thing I might with what I had.
“However this monitor ruined it with resurfacing of the circuit and it made it difficult for everybody.
“This entire weekend has been a nightmare to be sincere. The grip is so poor. It’s the worst I’ve skilled in years of racing.”