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TURKISH GP QUALIFYING – STROLL CLAIMS MAIDEN POLE AND BEATS VERSTAPPEN

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TURKISH GP QUALIFYING – Stroll put in a great result and will start tomorrow’s race ahead of everyone else on the grid. 

It was a bizarre qualifying session. Usually, it’s all about who can go the fastest but in Turkey qualifying was about who could go least slow.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll claimed an incredible maiden pole position in F1 in a topsy-turvy, thrilling wet qualifying for the Turkish GP.

A decision to switch onto Intermediate tyres proved to be a masterstroke from Racing Point as conditions improved in Q3, with Stroll managing a stunning lap on a 1m47.765 to claim the first pole of his F1 career.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen looked set to claim the first-non Mercedes pole of the season after dominating practice and qualifying – which took place in treacherous conditions – but the Dutchman struggled to maintain his superior pace when he changed from the extreme wet weather compounds.

Sergio Perez held provisional pole position after the opening runs of Q3 but ultimately ended up third ahead of Alex Albon and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, while qualifying proved to be a disaster for Mercedes.

Both Mercedes drivers struggled with tyre warm up as Lewis Hamilton, who can clinch a record-equallifing seventh world title this weekend, only managed sixth place, some five seconds down on Stroll’s benchmark

Esteban Ocon ensured both Renaults made it into Q3 on his way to taking eighth, ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, who remarkably outpaced Valtteri Bottas who ended up a lowly ninth.

2020 F1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING RESULTS

POS.DRIVERNAT.TEAMQ1Q2Q3
1Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point F1 Team2m 07.4671m 53.3721m 47.765
2Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1m 57.4851m 50.2931m 48.055
3Sergio PerezMEXBWT Racing Point F1 Team2m 07.6141m 54.0971m 49.321
4Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1m 59.4311m 52.2821m 50.448
5Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team2m 05.5981m 54.2781m 51.595
6Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team2m 07.5991m 52.7091m 52.560
7Esteban OconFRARenault F1 Team2m 06.1151m 53.6571m 52.622
8Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen2m 09.2681m 53.7931m 52.745
9Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team2m 07.0011m 53.7671m 53.258
10Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen2m09.5141m 53.4311m 57.226
11Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team2m 07.1671m 54.945 
12Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari2m 03.3561m 55.169 
13Carlos SainzESPMcLaren F1 Team2m 07.4891m 55.410 
14Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari2m 04.4641m 56.696 
15Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda2m 05.5791m 58.556 
16Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team2m 08.007  
17Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda2m 09.070  
18George RussellGBRWilliams Racing2m 10.017  
19Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team2m 12.909  
20Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing2m 21.611  

Antonio Giovinazzi completed the top 10 as Alfa Romeo got both its cars into Q3 for the first time this season on a weekend Sauber celebrates its 500th Grand Prix in Turkey.

There was disappointment for McLaren as neither Lando Norris or Carlos Sainz made it into Q3, with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari splitting the pair in 12th.

Despite some promising pace throughout practice, Charles Leclerc could only take 14th as both Ferrari drivers were eliminated, ahead of the lead AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly who struggled for grip on his way to finishing 15th.

Kevin Magnussen was the first driver who failed to progress into Q2 in his Haas and was left furious after he backed out of his final flying lap for double-waved yellows while others improved their times.

Daniil Kvyat was left to rue a late spin at Turn 2 which prevented any improvement from the AlphaTauri driver who will line up from 17th.

Behind Kvyat came George Russell in 18th but the Williams driver will start Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix from last after his grid drop for exceeding his engine allocation for the season is applied.

Romain Grosjean caused a second red-flag after just three minutes of green-flag running following the restart from the first red flag which was thrown with heavy rain falling.

The Frenchman beached his Haas at Turn 1 but was still faster than Nicholas Latifi, who also stranded his Williams car in the gravel with an off in the middle sector on his final flying effort.

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29 Nov
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SESSION
12:00 - 13:30Free practice 1
16:00 - 17:30Free practice 2
12:00 - 13:00Free practice 3
15:00 -16:00Qualifying
15:10 - 17:10Race

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