Despite top qualifying at the Istanbul Park circuit, Lewis Hamilton will start the Turkish GP from 11th place due to his grid penalty for taking a new combustion engine outside of his allowable allocation of power unit parts.
The penalty moves his Mercedes teammate Bottas to pole position with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen joining the Finn on the front row.
But despite his favorable starting position compared to his F1 world title rival, Max Verstappen has calmed expectations and doesn’t believe he has the pace to beat Mercedes in Turkey this weekend with Bottas starting ahead of him.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has also tempered expectations, thinking it will be “tough” for Hamilton to battle through the pack from 11th place.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start from third after a late lap pushed him ahead of Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri, while Fernando Alonso avoided a penalty following an FIA investigation after qualifying to keep Alpine fifth.
Sergio Perez will start from sixth for Red Bull ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who is rebounding after painfully missing out on victory last time in the Russian GP, with Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll eighth and Yuki Tsunoda ninth ahead of AlphaTauri.
Sebastian Vettel has been pushed to 10th place ahead of Aston Martin as a result of Hamilton’s grid penalty, while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr will start from the back of the grid due to his complete power unit change.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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When is the F1 Turkish Grand Prix?
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Start time: 1:00 PM BST, 3:00 PM local time
Round 16 of the 2021 F1 season, the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park, kicks off on Sunday, October 10 at 3pm local time (1pm BST).
How can I watch the Turkish GP?
In the UK, Sky Sports will broadcast the Turkish GP live, with the race being shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event. Pre-race coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. BST before the race starts at 1:00 p.m. BST.
• Channel: Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event
• Start time: 11:30 AM BST, Sunday, October 10
Autosport will be holding a live text report of the Turkish GP here.
When can I watch the highlights of the Turkish GP?
In the UK, Channel 4 will also broadcast highlights from the Turkish GP at 6:30pm BST on Sunday. The full program lasts two and a half hours and includes the pre-race, race highlights and first reaction after the race to wrap up the main conversation topics of the race weekend.
For the entire 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from each qualifying and race on the Saturday and Sunday of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up services.
Channel: Channel 4
Start time: 6:30pm BST, Sunday, October 10
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21
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Will the Turkish GP be on the radio?
Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations and via the BBC Sport website.
Live coverage of the Turkish GP starts at 1pm BST on BBC Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sounds app.
Weather forecast for the Turkish GP
Current weather forecasts predict cloudy and cool conditions on the Istanbul Park circuit, with a small chance of rain during the race. The temperature is expected to be 18 degrees Celsius for the start of the race – one degree cooler than the Russian GP.
How many laps will the Turkish GP last?
The race is scheduled to cover 58 laps of the Istanbul Park circuit, covering a total race distance of 309,396 km.
F1 Turkish Grand Prix Grid
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