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Formula 1 preview of the Turkish Grand Prix 2021
PREVIEW GP TURKEY 2021Chaos again thanks to the rain?
As in the previous year, the Turkish Grand Prix could be spiced up by rain. This gives the midfield drivers another chance to intervene in the World Cup duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. In the preview we have the last information about the Istanbul race.
Andreas Haupt, Tobias Grüner
10/6/2021
In 2020 Lewis Hamilton traveled with a comfortable 85 point lead over the Bospurus. His second win in Istanbul Park made the seventh world title perfect. The Mercedes driver is still a long way from that this season. Max Verstappen could not be shaken off in the first 15 races and only came to the seventh-last Grand Prix of the year two points behind.
As it did eleven months ago, the weather could again play the main role in Turkey. Stubborn rain showers are predicted for Saturday and Sunday in particular. In the previous year it became clear that the smooth asphalt in Istanbul offers little grip even when dry. When it was wet, the fans were offered a really entertaining slide. The starting order with Lance Stroll in pole position was completely mixed up several times during the 58 laps of the race.

Hamilton showed his exceptional class in the difficult conditions and in the end won by more than half a minute. This year, however, a penalty could ruin the party for the British. The rain increases the likelihood that Mercedes will install the fourth engine, which would involve relocating. On the other hand, on damp ground there are more opportunities to make up for the lost places.
The route: Intercity Istanbul Park
Thanks to Corona, Istanbul celebrated an unexpected comeback in the racing calendar in 2020. Between 2005 and 2011, the track was still a regular at Formula 1. The smooth circuit is about an hour east of the city - on the Asian side of the metropolis. Many say that the 5.338 kilometer long runway is one of the better designs by route architect Hermann Tilke.

It has 14 curves, six of them to the right and eight to the left. In Istanbul it is driven counter-clockwise. The course has a lot of character. The highlight is turn eight, a high-speed link with four vertices. The modern Formula 1 cars shoot full throttle through the left bend on a dry track. The pilots are exposed to loads of more than 3g for six seconds.
On the home straight, the drivers are allowed to open the rear wing. It is one of two DRS zones. The second is on the long back straight between turns ten and twelve. According to Mercedes, Turkey is one of the better circuits when it comes to overtaking. Because of the slippery asphalt, tire wear is limited. Traditionally, there are only a few strategy options that could cause shifts in the field. The question is how the asphalt has developed in the last few months. To get the greasy oil down, high pressure cleaners were used.
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Fast Facts Istanbul
  • Route length: 5.338 kilometers
  • Race laps: 58
  • Race distance: 309.396 kilometers
  • Number of curves: 14 (6 right, 8 left)
  • Distance from pole to first braking zone: 170 m
  • Pit lane length below speed limit: 385 m (approx. 17.3 seconds transit time)
  • Full throttle share (lap distance): 72 percent
  • Pirelli tires: C2, C3, C4
  • DRS zones: 2 (home straight, back straight)
The setup
In 2011 Sebastian Vettel took pole position in the Red Bull with a lap time of 1: 25.049 minutes. Despite advantages in terms of power and downforce, the modern cars did not come close to the old records last year. The reason for this was the already mentioned slippery asphalt, which already led to some spins in free practice. In qualifying and in the race, the rain then horrified the time chase.

In order to find some grip on the freshly laid subsurface, the engineers had to drive steeper wings than previously simulated. The mechanical setup also had to be adjusted. The technicians also always had to keep an eye on the tire temperatures that tended to be too low. The mercury should hardly climb above 20 ° C this year, which makes it difficult to bring the rubbers into the correct working window.

After all, Pirelli took countermeasures when choosing the mixes. Instead of the three hardest varieties as in the previous year, the Italians now have the medium-hard variants C2 to C4 in their luggage. It will be interesting to see whether the asphalt has gained a bit of grip within a year. Incidentally, there is no great help from frame races with rubber laying. In addition to Formula 1, there is only the so-called "Intercity Cup" in Istanbul at the start.

Pirelli Infographic - GP Turkey 2021
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Pirelli is bringing slightly softer tires this year than in 2020.
Upgrades
Unfortunately, we have to repeat ourselves at this point. In the season's final spurt, technology fans hardly get their money's worth this year. All teams have long since completed the development of the 2021 cars. The entire focus is on the completely new models for 2022. Now, at most, small parts that have been in the pipeline for a few weeks will be added.

The situation on the engine front is more interesting. In Sochi, Ferrari had equipped Charles Leclerc's car with an improved hybrid drive. It is quite possible that Carlos Sainz will follow suit just one race later, which would, however, result in a starting place penalty. The rain could tempt a few more teams to go beyond the allowed limit for the drive units. It is quite possible that there will be shifts in the field after qualifying.

The favorites
After the two Mercedes tracks in Monza and Sochi, there is now another track in Istanbul where it is not so easy to say beforehand which of the two top teams has an advantage. The straights in Istanbul are not quite as long as they were last time. In the curves, faster and slower corners alternate. In the end, it will depend on the right setup and form on the day.

After the rainy race weekend last year, the data situation is rather poor. Surprises cannot be ruled out. With the weather forecast changing again, forecasts would be just reading coffee grounds. Just so much: After the brilliant performance at the 2020 Turkey Grand Prix, we would at least not bet against Lewis Hamilton.

The midfield teams have recently shown that they can keep up with the top cars on wet roads. Of course, McLaren and Ferrari should be mentioned first of all. In the duel between the two traditional teams, the Scuderia should again show off stronger. Engine power is not that important in Istanbul. A good all-rounder is required here.

Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - Turkey GP 2020 - Istanbul - Race
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Lewis Hamilton celebrated not only the victory in 2020 but also the early title win.
This is how the race went last year - GP Turkey 2020
The Istanbul Race 2020 will be remembered by fans for a long time. In difficult conditions on the wet runway, only a few pilots made it through the laps without mistakes. The audience got one slip after another. Valtteri Bottas put several pirouettes on the asphalt. At the beginning, pole setter Lance Stroll showed his rain qualities. The Canadian made the first (and only) 32 leading laps of his career. But after his second stop on fresh intermediates, the Canadian fell further and further behind.

Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez couldn't get in after their first switch to intermediates and continued to do surprisingly fast laps on the wacky rubbers. On lap 37, the Mercedes star then made short work of his Racing Point competitor. By the time he crossed the finish line, he had extended his lead to 31.6 seconds. With the victory, Hamilton made clear the title win at the same time.

There was a hard fight for the other podium places until the end. Charles Leclerc got a little out of step when he attacked Perez in the last corner and had to give way not only to the Mexican, but also to his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Max Verstappen had already lost all chances of victory due to a spin in the duel with Perez in the early stages. The Dutchman ended up in sixth place in the end.

In the gallery we show you again the wild scenes from the previous year.

Schedule - GP Turkey 2021
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Training 1Friday October 8th - 10:30 a.m.
Training 2Friday October 8th - 2pm
Training 3Sat October 9th - 11am
qualificationSaturday, October 9th - 2:00 p.m.
runSun. October 10th - 2:00 p.m.
 

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... IMHO, the team will take a chance of an engine change for LH, which will place him at the back of the grid ... but with the projected rain, these will provide LH an opportunity to catch up with the front pack. LH being the "rain master" ;)

... keeping my fingers crossed :LOL:
 

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... IMHO, the team will take a chance of an engine change for LH, which will place him at the back of the grid ... but with the projected rain, these will provide LH an opportunity to catch up with the front pack. LH being the "rain master" ;)

... keeping my fingers crossed :LOL:
You were right.
Lewis Hamilton faces 10-place grid penalty at Turkish GP for new F1 engine
FP 1 just finished,
  • 1Lewis HAMILTON1:24.178
  • 2Max VERSTAPPEN+0.425
  • 3Charles LECLERC+0.476
 

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You were right.
Lewis Hamilton faces 10-place grid penalty at Turkish GP for new F1 engine
FP 1 just finished,
  • 1Lewis HAMILTON1:24.178
  • 2Max VERSTAPPEN+0.425
  • 3Charles LECLERC+0.476

F1 2021 Turkish Grand Prix - Full Qualifying Results

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Connor McDonagh
9 Oct 2021

Pierre Gasly (FRA) AlphaTauri AT02.


Full Q1, Q2 and Q3 results from qualifying at the Turkish Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship.
2021 F1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS.DRIVERNAT.TEAMQ1Q2Q3
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m24.585s1m23.082s1m22.868s
2Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m25.047s1m23.579s1m22.998s
3Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m24.592s1m23.732s1m23.196s
4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m24.869s1m24.015s1m23.265s
5Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m24.704s1m23.817s1m23.326s
6Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1m25.174s1m23.914s1m23.477s
7Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing1m24.963s1m23.961s1m23.706s
8Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m25.138s1m24.642s1m23.954s
9Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m25.511s1m24.601s1m24.305s
10Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m25.409s1m24.054s1m24.368s
11Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m25.787s1m24.795s
12Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m25.422s1m24.842s
13George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1m25.417s1m25.007s
14Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m25.555s1m25.200s
15Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m25.177sNo Time Set
16Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m25.881s
17Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m26.086s
18Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m26.430s
19Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m27.525s
20Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m28.449s
 

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F1 2021 Turkish Grand Prix - Full Race Results from Round 16

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Connor McDonagh
10 Oct 2021

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M.


Full race results at the Turkish Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship.
2021 F1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX - RESULTS
POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIME
1Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team58 Laps
2Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing+ 14.584s
3Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing+ 33.471s
4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow+ 37.471s
5Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team+ 41.812s
6Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda+ 44.292s
7Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team+ 47.213s
8Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow+ 51.526s
9Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team+ 82.018s
10Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team+ 1 Lap
11Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen+ 1 Lap
12Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen+ 1 Lap
13Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team+ 1 Lap
14Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda+ 1 Lap
15George RussellGBRWilliams Racing+ 1 Lap
16Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team+ 1 Lap
17Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing+ 1 Lap
18Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team+ 1 Lap
19Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team+ 2 Laps
20Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team+ 2 Laps
 

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