Sebastian Vettel turned the 11th fastest lap in qualifying for the Turkish GP. The four-time world champion benefited from Lewis Hamilton’s engine penalty and moved up to tenth place on the grid.
For Formula 1 veteran Sebastian Vettel, qualifying on the Istanbul circuit ended after Q2, because the Heppenheimer from the Aston Martin team missed the top 10 times chase by almost one and a half tenths. Therefore he had to be content with eleventh place. Thanks to the relocation of the fastest qualifier, Lewis Hamilton (new internal combustion engine), the four-time world champion can tackle the 16th round of the season from 10th place on the grid.
For comparison: Vettel’s team-mate Lance Stroll, who had conquered pole last year, made it into Q3 with the ninth-fastest Q2 lap. In the last, decisive time hunt, he was again ninth fastest. The Canadian will start from 8th position thanks to Hamilton’s relocation.
When the work was done, Sebastian Vettel confessed in front of the camera: “In view of the fact that something more would have been possible, I’m not entirely happy. But let’s see what we can do from our position. I did my best, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. ”
And the 53-time GP winner declared: “The track conditions weren’t bad at all, the track was mostly dry. The track was only damp in a few corners, and I found it a little difficult there, which is surprising because I usually get along well with it. I struggled to find the rhythm there and as soon as I lost the time I couldn’t make up for it.”