Valtteri Bottas Gets Turkish F1 GP Pole

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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, but he will not start from pole position due to a grid penalty for switching engines. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished second, will start on pole, alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Hamilton will start from 11th due to a 10-place penalty. Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was fourth, and Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri was fifth.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team was concerned about engine reliability in the remaining seven races, so they decided to install the new engine – their fourth, one more than the regulations allow – at a track where they hope their championship leader can come through the field and limit the points loss to his title rival Verstappen.

The British citizen stands a good probability of succeeding. He’s been fast all weekend, taking the lead in both of the first two practice sessions, and he finished second in a GP2 race here in 2006 after recovering from a spin that dropped him to 19th place.

Verstappen successfully mitigated the damage caused by the installation of a new power unit by gaining second place after starting last on the grid, while Hamilton took a two-point lead. Red Bull, who had led the constructors’ championship early in the season, is now 33 points behind Mercedes.

source : Guardian sport

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