LANCE STROLL produced a shocking lap to seize a maiden System One pole in Turkish Grand Prix qualifying.
Max Verstappen appeared a shoe-in for a lot of Saturday’s soaking wet session, which needed to be stopped twice.
Lance Stroll grew to become the primary Canadian to qualify on pole in F1 in 23 yearsCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
The Racing Level star clocked a 1:47.765 to say pole place in IstanbulCredit score: AFP
However Racing Level pulled a rabbit out of the hat in Q3 to place Stroll on pole and Sergio Perez third.
The group’s resolution to go early on the Intermediates allowed each drivers to heat their tyres up faster than their rivals.
World Championship chief Hamilton was one other left in Stroll’s wake, qualifying sixth with Valtteri Bottas ninth.
That will be sufficient for the Brit to win his seventh title tomorrow, which he can claim by beating his Mercedes team-mate.
A wet night in Istanbul performed havoc with every group’s preparation for qualifying.
Though drivers got a serving to paw on Saturday morning when a canine rushed onto the monitor to point out them the racing line.
Thankfully, the manic mutt was moved on and vehicles had been allowed to return to trace.
Two purple flags interrupted Q1 amid fixed complaints of drivers being unable to see by way of thick spray.
The climate mixed with a newly-relaid floor to make for vastly tough, and unpredictable, situations.
Romain Grosjean and Nicholas Latifi each spun out in Q1, the latter drawing yellow flags late within the session that hangs an enormous query mark over the grid.
Romain Grosjean’s arrived late in Turkey after lacking his flight and caught his Haas within the gravelCredit score: Getty – Pool
Race stewards despatched out vehicles to clear away the water amid the Q1 downpour
Plenty of drivers improved their instances regardless of the flags, all of which face an investigation by stewards.
The choice to delay any punishment was extremely criticised by the likes of Kevin Magnussen, who exited qualifying having stated he did decelerate.
There was additionally concern that Q2 was allowed to start whereas the protection truck remained on the gravel, rescuing Latifi.
That session noticed each Ferrari and McLaren vehicles fall out of qualifying, and they’ll begin in the course of the pack for tomorrow’s race at 10.10am UK time.