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

ISTANBUL: Valtteri Bottas ended his yr-lengthy drought with a dominant victory in Turkey on Sunday while sad Mercedes crew mate Lewis Hamilton accomplished fifth and lost the System One championship outcome in Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Verstappen, 24, used to be runner-up and 14.584 seconds within the again of the Finn at a wet Istanbul Park to overturn a two-level deficit to Hamilton and glide six points sure with six races closing. Red Bull crew mate Sergio Perez accomplished third with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc fourth and old to seven-times world champion Hamilton, who had started 11th due to an engine penalty.

“It be been some time, however feels proper. I mediate from my aspect presumably one of the correct races I’ve had ever,” talked about Bottas, who started on pole relate and took a bonus level for quickest lap. “Except for that one tiny trudge, everything used to be under management.” 

A commanding drive from the Finn #TurkishGP  #F1

— System 1 (@F1) October 10, 2021

The victory, sealed by overtaking Leclerc 11 laps from the tip after the Ferrari driver had taken the lead by staying out while others pitted, used to be the Finn’s first since Russia in September final yr and 10th of his occupation.

Verstappen, who started on the front row, had a unruffled scoot and talked about it had all been about tyre management. “I’m gay to be on the rostrum. I mediate it be been shut the total yr and I’m magnificent obvious in Austin it may maybe presumably well well be an staunch battle with Mercedes, so we correct procure to preserve pushing, preserve attempting,” he talked about.

The US Gargantuan Prix in Texas is the following scoot on October 24.


Hamilton may presumably well well procure been on the rostrum however Mercedes known as him in for a gradual conclude from third relate for a recent situation of intermediate tyres with the tune drying. “Why did we surrender that relate? We put no longer want arrive in, man. Large (tyre) graining. I told you,” talked about the offended Briton in heated radio exchanges as he realised he had lost two locations within the pits. 

 “We put no longer want arrive in man”

With laps operating out and operating P5, Lewis Hamilton wonders referring to the guidelines of pitting for a brand unique situation of inters #TurkishGP  #F1

— System 1 (@F1) October 10, 2021

He successfully-known afterwards that Alpine driver Esteban Ocon, who accomplished 10th, had made his one situation of tyres final the total scoot.

Had he stayed out and saved third, Hamilton would be top a level within the again of Verstappen. “We blueprint lets carry out third without stopping or, if a dry line emerged, per chance going to a soft tyre,” talked about Mercedes crew boss Toto Wolff. “Then we saw Leclerc shedding off and Lewis used to be shedding off and it used to make sure we would no longer draw it to the tip.”

Pirelli boss Mario Isola talked about the tyres would procure been absolutely on the restrict had Hamilton tried to final the total scoot on them.

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


The starting up up used to be tremendous however Gasly dropped from fourth to fifth after contact with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, who spun. The Frenchman used to be handed a 5-second time penalty however Alonso additionally composed a identical sanction for a later clash with Haas’ Mick Schumacher.

Bottas used to be 1.6 seconds sure after three laps with Verstappen complaining soon after that he had complications with the gear shift.

Hamilton within the period in-between labored his plot thru the field, 10th after the outlet lap earlier than passing AlphaTauri’s stubbornly defensive Eastern rookie Yuki Tsunoda for eighth relate on lap eight.

He passed Stroll a lap later, with Norris and Gasly taken in like a flash succession.

A caring moment came on the halfway trace when he used to be lapping Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin top for the Russian to transfer correct thru the tune, the two autos fending off contact however Hamilton shedding time in his lumber of Perez.

Hamilton and Perez went wheel-to-wheel thru four corners as they fought for fourth, with the Mexican compelled to bustle the silly aspect of a bollard marking the pitlane entry as he held relate and his crew applauded. 

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

— System 1 (@F1) October 10, 2021

With Ferrari in the end recognising Leclerc had bustle out of tyres after Bottas passed him, the Monegasque pitted and used to be overtaken by Perez. 

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