Lewis Hamilton knows what he has to do to leave Turkey with the best possible result. The Briton demands a pole position from himself in order to minimize the damage in Istanbul.
The news came out on Friday morning that the number one in the world championship has been given a ten-place grid penalty for replacing the combustion engine. That’s it for the time being, although it is still possible that Mercedes chooses to replace the entire engine block. It doesn’t look like that for the time being, so Hamilton knows what he has to do.
The task is more than clear for Hamilton on Saturday. “I have to qualify on pole position to limit the damage. Of course I also have to understand the car well on this track so that we can do well in the longer stints. At the moment I’m just trying to find the right balance. different from other weekends,” the Briton reports after Friday training sessions.
Even with maximum qualifying, Hamilton is therefore sentenced to a make-up race in Turkey. Not an easy task, as teammate Valtteri Bottas proved in Sochi. “I don’t know how much speed we can find in the car. We usually find something in the evening. I’m sure we can do that. I still have a lot of work to do on Sunday. Anyway, I I have to focus on maximization,” concludes the seven-time world champion.