Valtteri Bottas has spoken of his delight as Mercedes dominated Turkish Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Lewis Hamilton had set a track record to take pole, but will begin 11th on Sunday due to an engine penalty, with his Finnish team-mate starting from the front of the grid instead.
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Lando Norris reveals the advice Lewis Hamilton gave him
It was a brilliant afternoon for Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff with the title race hotting up with rivals Red Bull.
Hamilton enjoyed a storming qualifying session in Istanbul, setting the quickest time of 1:22.868 seconds to limit the damage for his engine penalty.
After changing his combustion engine, Hamilton had been slapped with a 10-place grid penalty prior to qualifying in Turkey so it was all about damage limitation for the seven-time world champion.
The Brit will now start Sunday’s race in 11th place, but his penalty has seen team-mate Bottas rewarded.
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After qualifying came to an end, Bottas said: “It was a good qualifying, not easy conditions, especially Q1 with the damp parts. There were some good laps, I really enjoyed it, and it’s the result we planned.
“Lewis with his penalty gets the minimum he can, and I’m on pole – so it should be good.
“I’ll focus on my own race tomorrow, that’s the way to go when you start in front, and try to keep up a good pace.”
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