December 7, 2023

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Turkey Grand Prix: Third training session: Pierre Gasly surprises fastest in the rain, Lewis Hamilton 18th -

Turkey Grand Prix: Third training session: Pierre Gasly surprises fastest in the rain, Lewis Hamilton 18th –

Not Max Verstappen but Pierre Gasly set the fastest time during the last practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was satisfied with the fastest time in 18th place but clearly didn’t risk the rain.

Yesterday the drivers managed to complete the first two practice sessions on a dry track, but on Saturday the expected rain came and of course it caused completely different conditions.

Many drivers have undoubtedly mentioned last year when Istanbul Park Circuit was very slippery and drivers were struggling to keep their F1 car on track. It’s hard to keep the car on track in the rain anyway, but this year’s Istanbul Park circuit has been remedied to make it slip less in the rain than last year (read the article).

However, now the drivers are also facing a lot of difficulties and George Russell went off the track in his Williams F1 and ended up in the gravel box. Thus, the session was interrupted briefly with a red flag.

Max Verstappen was one of the first to get back on track when the session started again and it was clear that the Dutchman was pushing the boundaries at Red Bull with Honda’s special livery.

It went a bit wrong because Max Verstappen made an amazing 360 degree rotation. Verstappen can laugh about it himself, as he also told us about the onboard radio.

In the end, Pierre Gasly scored the surprisingly quickest time, followed shortly after by Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull. Looking at the penalty kick, it is clear that Lewis Hamilton did not risk and drove only five laps and the 18th time.

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01 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1: 30.447 19
02 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1: 30.611 11
03 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1: 30.684 13
04 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 31.262.0000 22
05 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 31.543 18
06 Fernando Alonso Alps 1: 31.545 15th
07 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1: 31.572 17
08 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 31.981 21
09 Valtteri Bottas mercedes 1: 31.996 8
10 Esteban Ocon Alps 1: 32.089 17
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 32.097 21
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1: 32.111 14
13 Mick Schumacher Hass 1: 32.228 23
14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1: 32.270 18
15th Lando Norris McLaren 1: 32.314 18
16 Lance’s Outing Aston Martin 1: 33.348 11
17 Nikita Mazepin Hass 1: 33.425 14
18 Lewis Hamilton mercedes 1: 33.636 5
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1: 35.681 8
20 George Russell Williams 2