In the analysis of F1 itself is Mercedes emerged as the team to beat for the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton already topped the two Friday training sessions and it is expected that Mercedes will also call the shots for the remainder of the weekend.
Looking at the simulations regarding qualifying, the team of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton comes out fastest. It is estimated that struggling Red Bull Racing is about three tenths short of the German stable, with Ferrari being the third team. However, the gap with McLaren and Alpine is small. All three stables are between six and seven tenths slower than Mercedes in the analysis of Formula 1.
The main question is which Mercedes will take pole, if the team already claims the fastest qualifying time. Lewis Hamilton has a grid penalty for an engine change and will ideally start from 11th place. As a result, Mercedes only has Bottas as an asset in the front, although that depends on a possible catch-up race by his British teammate.
Looking at the race pace, Mercedes is also expected to be the fastest. Red Bull has to concede a little less in these simulations than in qualifying, but Ferrari in particular is seen as an outsider. Both racing stables are expected to be about 0.24 seconds short of the Germans. Behind those three, the most opportunities are attributed to AlphaTauri and McLaren respectively.