Turkish Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Lewis Hamilton desperate to land pole position before being hit with a 10-place grid penalty as title battle with Max Verstappen heats up
- Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race
- Hamilton picked up penalty after going over his allocated engine use
- Penalty hands title rival Max Verstappen a big advantage heading into weekend
- He holds a two-point lead over Max Verstappen after winning the Russian GP
- Latest Formula One news, including live action and results
Lewis Hamilton is looking for damage limitation in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix where he will be hoping to go fastest in Istanbul
The world champion picked up an engine penalty on Friday after going over his allocation of three power units for the season, which will see him drop 10 places on the grid after qualifying.
So the Brit, who triumphed last time out in Russia, will be keen to limit the damage by qualifying as high up as possible as he aims to protect his two-point lead over Max Verstappen in the world championship as best as he can.
Follow Sportsmail’s KIERAN LYNCH for live qualifying coverage of the Turkish Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and result.
Lewis Hamilton has set himself the challenge of grabbing pole position on Saturday, knowing it is his best chance of escaping from the Turkish Grand Prix with his world championship dream unharmed.
Hamilton believed he could eke out his existing two engines and save on the penalty. But, to his chagrin, Mercedes’ engineers with all the data to hand overruled their star driver’s instincts.
So he goes up against Max Verstappen, his one rival for the crown, with a hand tied behind his back.
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Lewis Hamilton took victory for Mercedes at the Russian Grand Prix from Max Verstappen but that doesn’t tell half the story.
Lando Norris had dominated the weekend but a rain shower in the last five laps led to him staying out on a wet track on dry tyres which was a decision that cost him the race as he finished down in 8th.
Verstappen clawed his way up from 20th to second, while Sainz finished 3rd having led the race in the early laps and for a period sat outside the top ten.
Lando Norris will be hoping to bounce back from his disappointment with a strong result this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday but Saturday’s final hour of practice was hit by damp conditions left from morning rain, with Pierre Gasly topping the timesheets.
The session was red flagged after George Russell span and his Williams got beached in the gravel.
There hasn’t been any rain for a few hours now and qualifying is expected to be a dry session but after the weekend’s we have had at Belgium and Russia this season then who knows.
So you might wonder why Hamilton faces a penalty and that’s because of a changed engine component.
Unlike Verstappen in Russia, Hamilton has only taken one power unit component – the internal combustion engine – so he doesn’t get demoted to the back like the Dutchman did last time around.
Verstappen did a brilliant job to salvage second from starting last in Russia and Hamilton will be hoping to produce a similar performance this weekend.
And welcome to Sportsmail’s live qualifying coverage ahead of tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix.
This season is brewing to an all time classic and Lewis Hamilton has the lead in the championship as a late-race rain shower in Russia enabled him to take the victory on the back of Lando Norris’ misfortune.
Hamilton has a two point lead but it is all about damage limitation this weekend as he faces a ten place grid penalty so will start no higher than 11th even if he puts his car on pole.
Big chance for Max Verstappen this weekend.
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