ISTANBUL (AP) — Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen was once more quickest in a chilly and rain-soaked last observe for the Turkish Grand Prix forward of qualifying later Saturday.
On a slippery observe in comparison with an “ice rink” by Lewis Hamilton after Friday’s two observe runs, Verstappen was .94 seconds faster than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and 1.57 forward of Purple Bull teammate Alexander Albon on a resurfaced Istanbul circuit final utilized in Components One in 2011.
Hamilton didn’t set a lap time, a dangerous transfer if it doesn’t dry out in time for qualifying.
“There’s simply no grip out right here,” Hamilton stated. “Stunning.”
His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas pushed laborious throughout the session in a bid to get some warmth into the tires and was eighth quickest however an enormous seven seconds off Verstappen’s time.
Verstappen, who was quickest in each classes on Friday, did properly in treacherous situations that triggered a number of drivers to spin. Leclerc misplaced management early on and bumped Esteban Ocon’s Renault off the observe and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. went off the observe into the grass.
Barely 20 minutes into the session, Leclerc slid off and narrowly prevented hitting the crash boundaries.
“It’s undriveable like this,” Leclerc stated. “Tires are too chilly.”
AlphaTauri driver Daniil Kvyat joked that the situations had been like driving on ice in winter time.
The race is being held with out followers due to the coronavirus pandemic. That is the 14th race of the season and solely three have been held with spectators.
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