Lewis Hamilton ‘happy’ despite qualifying sixth for Turkish Grand Prix on ‘terrible’ track
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton only qualified sixth for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix after an incredible qualifying session saw Lance Stroll clinch pole – but insists he’s “generally happy” with his performance as he looks to seal his seventh world title this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton insists he’s “generally happy” with his performance in a hectic wet qualifying session, though he will only start sixth at the Turkish Grand Prix, where he can be crowned a seven-time world champion. Q1, Q2 and Q3 lasted almost two hours in Istanbul with the two red flags delaying the first session for 40 minutes.
A thrilling qualifying saw the Racing Point of Lance Stroll seal pole position, his first ever in Formula One, to deny Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Stroll’s team-mate Sergio Perez starts third having topped the time-sheet in Q3 heading into the final lap.
Verstappen was quickest in all three practice sessions and also both Q1 and Q2 but after switching from full wet tyres to intermediates, failed to keep up his pace and lost out.
The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have meanwhile struggled all weekend for grip on the newly-laid Istanbul circuit.
So much so, reigning world champion Hamilton was a surprising 20th in the third and final practice session after setting just three lap times.