Valtteri Bottas will start from first place tomorrow at the Turkish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen coming from second place will try to make his life miserable and Charles Leclerc is in P3. It was known that Hamilton was not allowed to start from first place by changing a part in his engine. But that the Briton was also not allowed to keep the official name pole position, that was not known to the drivers.
“Wait, I can just add this pole position, right? No really?”, a surprised Hamilton wondered during the press conference. The pole position will be moved to Bottas who will also start from first place tomorrow. Bottas also joked that the Pirelli tire that Hamilton signed should also go his way. Verstappen also liked it: “So I just don’t understand that.”
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Bottas then says a few moments later. Still, Hamilton doesn’t seem to do much: “No, it’s okay,” he said of it. It would be pole number 102 for the Briton, but that party is cancelled. And so Bottas takes the credit: “Even if it was my best pole,” said the Finn.
It is clear that Hamilton is at a lonely height in the record book for most pole positions even without this pole position. He has currently been the fastest man on Saturday 101 times. Behind him is Michael Schumacher with 68 pole times and behind that comes Ayrton Senna with 65 poles. Verstappen has currently dragged in eleven.