Turkish Grand Prix FP1 was led by Verstappen in a slippery session thanks to the new surface at Instanbul Park with his teammate two tenths behind.
No, this is not an alternative reality. The Red Bull drivers led the session with Ferrari and AlphaTauri taking the next four spots. The entire grid seems to be struggling to get temperatures into the compound range Mario Isola and Pirelli have elected for this race that begins with the C1 white tipped boot.
Some drivers had trouble beyond the slippery conditions. Carlos Sainz encountered electrical issues which ended his session and Leclerc to clip a bollard which slowed all cars on the grid down under yellow flag. Leclerc wouldn’t be the only driver to be essentially skating on ice on track – even the championship leaders were all over the place as the Mercedes of Bottas and Hamilton were quick enough for P9 and P15, respectively.
That said, I expect those times to drop as the track gets rubbered in but don’t be shocked if Ferrari lead 1-2 in the next session, atleast for a brief time. They seemed to have the best aero package suited for the the conditions with Vettel benefitting from being a previous winner here in 2011 with the same team that led the FP1 session. The eventual world drivers champion has only gone on to win the Turkish Grand Prix 29% of the time in each respective year – maybe the seemingly unpredictable nature of this circuit will continue as a trend to keep things interesting.
“It’s like driving on ice”
– MAX VERSTAPPEN, TURKEY FP1
The tough track conditions unsurprisingly made things difficult on drivers re: track limits. As such, here are the drivers who were in breach of Appendix L, Ch IV, Article 2c and 12.1.1 (i) of the FIA International Sporting Code, failure to follow the Race Director’s Event Notes 20:
- SAINZ #2: 30 minutes after first offense
- GROSJEAN #2: 8 minutes after first offense
News came through during FP1 that George Russell would be taking a grid penalty and begin from the back of the grid for electing to take on new power unit elements bringing his total to the following:
- 4th ICE
- 4th TURBO
- 4th MGU-H
You can find the full list of used engine elements in the below tweet from earlier this morning (source: FIA).
A lot of talk of Power Units and count but haven't seen any official references yet.— CrankyYankeeF1 (@CrankyYankeeF1) November 13, 2020
Here is the official count of power units elements used by each driver headed into Turkey. pic.twitter.com/NKvbW7pvzj
Turkish Grand Prix FP1 Results
Below are the final results for The Turkish Grand Prix FP1 session:
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:35.077||29|
|2||23||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:35.318||+0.241s||27|
|8||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:37.503||+2.426s||21|
|12||11||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||1:38.612||+3.535s||22|
|13||18||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||1:39.484||+4.407s||21|
|16||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:41.035||+5.958s||23|
Turkish Grand Prix Outlook
As mentioned, Ferrari (or atleast Leclerc) will likely find his way to the top of the charts with Verstappen or a Silver Arrow leading the charge in FP2. We’ll have more data then on race and quali sims to make more accurate predictions so be sure to keep up to date on The Turkish Grand Prix at the Cranky Yankee Motorsport News Hub for all your Formula 1 coverage and follow along with the F1 Live data platform covering sector by sector racing for every single session all season long.
2020 Drivers Championship
2020 Constructors Championship
|3||RED BULL RACING RBPT||55|
|6||ALFA ROMEO FERRARI||13|
|10||ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES||0|
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