The difference between Istanbul Park in 2020 and 2021 is one of night and day. The track now has a lot more grip and almost every driver is positive about the developments. The Mercedes duo is also delighted.
In 2020, the race in the Turkish metropolis was characterized by an enormously slippery track that was often compared to a skating rink. There was little grip and drivers had a hard time finding speed on Suzuka’s replacement race. The race organizers have started working on it and have ensured that the circuit has been re-treated in the run-up to this weekend to avoid 2020 practices. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are very happy with those developments.
Much more fun to drive now
The championship leader is extremely satisfied with the track in Turkey. “Last year it was a completely new asphalt layer, which caused oil to come up. So I didn’t really know what to expect when we went out on the track today, but wow, there was so much grip! Much more than we’ve ever had. It’s intense how much grip there is now, that’s great. It was much more fun to drive around here now.”
Blown to enjoy
Bottas joins his teammate and is also jubilant about the improved Turkish track. “It was a lot faster, maybe ten seconds faster than last year. There’s good grip now, it’s one of the tracks with the most grip right now, I think. That makes it a lot more fun to drive here,” he said. bottas. “We could now approach the set-up of the car very differently. I had to get used to that, but in the end it was a lot of fun”, the Finn exults.