ISTANBUL : Formula One championship chief Lewis Hamilton promised “most assault” in Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix and wouldn’t rule out successful from eleventh on the grid.
The Mercedes driver was quickest in qualifying at Istanbul Park however a 10-place penalty for exceeding his season’s engine allocation, a strategic transfer, left the Briton with loads of overtaking to do within the race. [L1N2R508I]
Hamilton received in Turkey final 12 months, in moist and slippery situations, after beginning sixth.
He additionally stood out in his pre-F1 days when he roared again from nineteenth to second in a GP2 race within the dry in 2006.
This time he dangers shedding his championship lead until he finishes forward of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who is 2 factors adrift with seven races to go and features up on the entrance row with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas on pole.
“I used to be third already at flip one final 12 months in order that made a little bit of a distinction,” stated Hamilton, now chasing a document eighth title.
“It’s a a lot totally different weekend, a a lot totally different monitor grip, so we’re confronted with totally different circumstances this weekend,” he added.
“My eyes are nonetheless solely set on successful the race. It’s going to be very arduous, from eleventh, however not not possible … so simply staying on my toes and ensuring that we ship most assault tomorrow.”
Hamilton has three different Red Bull drivers forward of him on the grid, with Verstappen’s Mexican workforce mate Sergio Perez on the third row whereas Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda, from Red Bull’s sister workforce AlphaTauri, are fourth and ninth.
McLaren’s Lando Norris, who traces up seventh, stated he anticipated to remain forward of Hamilton for under a few laps.
“I’m not going to say I’m going to beat him as a result of I’m not,” stated the 21-year-old, who began on pole in Russia and almost received.
Hamilton stated he would simply take it one step at a time, and needed to get by way of the opening lap safely first from his midfield place.
“If I may be increased up early on, then nice. I’ve received to remain out of bother in fact, and that shall be in all probability my precedence initially, after which see if it is attainable to select them off one after the other.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Ken Ferris)