Hamilton fastest in Turkish qualifying, opens in 11th for engine penalty
Lewis Hamilton smashed the track record in Istanbul for the fastest overall time in qualifying Saturday, but he will start at P11 after being assessed a 10-place grid penalty for taking his fourth engine of the year.
However, Mercedes will still feature a driver at the pole position for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas finished qualifying right behind his teammate to earn his second pole of the 2021 season.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+0.328|
|7||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+0.838|
|9||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+1.437|
|11||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||Q2|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||Q1|
|19||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||Q1|
* Hamilton opening in P11 due to 10-place grid penalty.
Due to Hamilton's penalty, chief rival Max Verstappen will move up to second on the grid with Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, and Fernando Alonso rounding out the top five.
Hamilton leads Verstappen in the F1 standings by a mere two points entering Sunday's race.
Hamilton won the 2020 edition of the Turkish GP, which was the first time the race had been held since 2011. Verstappen, who opened in P2, ultimately finished sixth in last year's race.
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