Turkish GP: Valtteri Bottas wins, title benefit to Max Verstappen

ISTANBUL: Valtteri Bottas ended his year-long drought with a dominant victory in Turkey on Sunday whereas sad Mercedes crew mate Lewis Hamilton completed fifth and misplaced the Formula One championship result in Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Verstappen, 24, was runner-up and 14.584 seconds behind the Finn at a moist Istanbul Park to overturn a two-point deficit to Hamilton and go six factors clear with six races remaining. Red Bull crew mate Sergio Perez completed third with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc fourth and forward of seven-times world champion Hamilton, who had began eleventh as a result of an engine penalty.

“It’s been some time, however feels good. I feel from my aspect most likely top-of-the-line races I’ve had ever,” stated Bottas, who began on pole place and took a bonus level for quickest lap. “Apart from that one little slide, every little thing was underneath management.” 

A commanding drive from the Finn #TurkishGP  #F1

— Formula 1 (@F1) October 10, 2021

The victory, sealed by overtaking Leclerc 11 laps from the top after the Ferrari driver had taken the lead by staying out whereas others pitted, was the Finn’s first since Russia in September final 12 months and tenth of his profession.

Verstappen, who began on the entrance row, had a quiet race and stated it had all been about tyre administration. “I’m pleased to be on the rostrum. I feel it has been shut the entire 12 months and I’m fairly positive in Austin it is going to be a superb battle with Mercedes, so we simply need to hold pushing, hold attempting,” he stated.

The US Grand Prix in Texas is the following race on October 24.


Hamilton may need been on the rostrum however Mercedes referred to as him in for a late cease from third place for a recent set of intermediate tyres with the monitor drying. “Why did we surrender that place? We should not have are available in, man. Massive (tyre) graining. I informed you,” stated the offended Briton in heated radio exchanges as he realised he had misplaced two locations within the pits. 

 “We should not have are available in man”

With laps operating out and operating P5, Lewis Hamilton wonders in regards to the knowledge of pitting for a brand new set of inters #TurkishGP  #F1

— Formula 1 (@F1) October 10, 2021

He famous afterwards that Alpine driver Esteban Ocon, who completed tenth, had made his one set of tyres final your entire race.

Had he stayed out and saved third, Hamilton can be solely some extent behind Verstappen. “We thought we may end third with out stopping or, if a dry line emerged, possibly going to a mushy tyre,” stated Mercedes crew boss Toto Wolff. “Then we noticed Leclerc dropping off and Lewis was dropping off and it was clear we would not make it to the top.”

Pirelli boss Mario Isola stated the tyres would have been completely on the restrict had Hamilton tried to final your entire race on them.

Spaniard Carlos Sainz was voted driver of the day for going from the again of the grid, as a result of energy unit penalties, to eighth for Ferrari. AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was sixth with Lando Norris seventh for McLaren and Lance Stroll ninth for Aston Martin.


The begin was clear however Gasly dropped from fourth to fifth after contact with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, who spun. The Frenchman was handed a five-second time penalty however Alonso additionally collected an analogous sanction for a later conflict with Haas’ Mick Schumacher.

Bottas was 1.6 seconds clear after three laps with Verstappen complaining quickly after that he had issues with the gear shift.

Hamilton in the meantime labored his manner by means of the sector, tenth after the opening lap earlier than passing AlphaTauri’s stubbornly defensive Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda for eighth place on lap eight.
He handed Stroll a lap later, with Norris and Gasly taken in fast succession.

A worrying second got here on the midway mark when he was lapping Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin just for the Russian to maneuver throughout the monitor, the 2 vehicles avoiding contact however Hamilton shedding time in his chase of Perez.

Hamilton and Perez went wheel-to-wheel by means of 4 corners as they fought for fourth, with the Mexican compelled to run the fallacious aspect of a bollard marking the pitlane entry as he held place and his crew applauded. 

Hamilton and Perez served up a deal with with this mini battle #TurkishGP  #F1

— Formula 1 (@F1) October 10, 2021

With Ferrari lastly recognising Leclerc had run out of tyres after Bottas handed him, the Monegasque pitted and was overtaken by Perez. 

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