The Turkish Grand Prix is still an uncertainty. Yesterday, we saw how the new asphalt and the null run-in before the start of the GP caused the asphalt was slippery, both in the first free practice sessions and in the second. And in the third parties, the situation was not expected to improve, not even thanks to the volunteers.
Last night, a video of several street cars rolling on the track, with the aim of generating something more than `grip` for the third free practice session. However, the organization’s attempt has been in vain by the arrival of the rain that cleaned the track, and also made the session even more difficult.
The Free Practice 3 They started at 10:00. The first to hit the track was Romain Grosjean, who had fitted the intermediate tire. Then the Ferraris would follow, and each and every one of the rest of the grid, who used the same tire compound. The bad conditions continued, the rain did not stop and soon the teams opted for extreme rain tires.
As we saw yesterday, it was hard for the drivers to keep the car on the track. This situation has caused no driver has been able to get 100% out of the car or find the right pace. Even Mercedes (Valtteri Bottas 8th and Lewis Hamilton 20º), has lost the tag of favorites to the detriment of Red Bull, which has managed to place its two cars among the top finishers; Max Verstappen ha sido 1º, while Alexander Albon managed to be 3rd. The Dutch rider took first place in all three sessions.
its maximum rival seems to be the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque, has had a touch with Esteban Ocon but that has not brought consequences, and that has not prevented him from being 2º, repeating again like this in the TOP-3. Your partner, Sebastian Vettel, has occupied a meritorious 6th place, and has been the rider who has ridden the most laps, with a total of 14.
Between the two Ferraris, the Renault of Esteban Ocon (P4) and Lando Norris (P5) with McLaren. Both have managed to surpass their respective teammates; Daniel Ricciardo occupied the P11, While Carlos Sainz was 12th. His biggest rival in the championship, Racing Point, has not been far behind. Sergio perez has been P7, way ahead of Lance Stroll (P10).
Who has not made the leap in today’s session has been Alpha Tauri (Pierre Gasly P14 y Daniil Kvyat 17º) despite the good sessions yesterday in which its two drivers slipped into the top 7 positions.
The positive surprise has been Kevin Magnussen (9º) sneaking into the top ten with Haas, notably outperforming his partner Romain Grosjean (15º). The American team has prevailed over its main rival, Alfa Romeo (Antonio Giovinazzi P12 Y Kimi Raikkonen P16), which is the team that has completed the most laps with a total of 22. On the opposite side is Williams (George Russell P18 Y Nicholas Latifi P19), whose riders have each turned one lap on this free day on Saturday, without even setting a time.
With all these ingredients, it seems a classification (13:00) with many unknowns, in which for the first time this season, the Mercedes do not start as favorites, on a track with very little grip and with the threat of rain very present.