Formula 1

Lance Stroll Takes A Surprise Pole At A Wet Turkish Grand Prix

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Credit: BWT Racing Point Formula One Team

Lance Stroll will start on pole at the Turkish Grand Prix, after a very wet and dramatic qualifying session.

The track was still heavily saturated from rain earlier in the day and as Q1 come to start, the rain started to pour again.

Q1 – Marred with Yellow and Red Flags

Q1 of qualifying end up being an eventful session. Majority of the grid took a spin as they just didn’t have the grip, even on the wet tyres. Most of the lap times were coming through in the early two minutes, far off where they need to be. 

Eventually, the weather was deemed too dangerous to keep the cars out and the session was red flagged with 6:56 left on the clock.

Qualifying resume at 15:55 local time and straight from the restart, Kimi Ráikkönen went sliding, showing that track conditions weren’t any greater.

Romain Grosjean became a casualty of the weather and was beached in the gravel, causing the session to be red flagged yet again to be able to remove his car with 3:30 left on the clock.

Once the session was resumed once more, majority of the main players on the field managed to set a time to send them through to Q2. In the dying seconds, Nicholas Latifi crashed his car, causing yellow flags with most of the grid having to slow.

Excluded from the session was George Russell, who will start twentieth after grid penalties, Latifi in nineteenth. Romain Grosjean will start in eighteenth after his incident with Haas F1 Team team-mate Kevin Magnussen in sixteenth. Daniil Kyvat was the final driver not able to make it to Q2 and will start seventeenth with the Russian also spinning on his final attempt.

A couple of the lap times set under yellow flags are being investigated due to drivers not slowing under the double-waved yellows.

Q2 – Both Alfa’s through to Q3

The second qualifying session was less problematic than the first, but we still saw some giants not make it through to Q3.

Scuderia Ferrari found both of their cars out in Q2. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc couldn’t carry on their momentum of the strong weekend they’ve been having so far. Vettel is starting twelfth with Leclerc further back in fourteenth.

McLaren F1 Team also found both of their cars out on the second session. Carlos Sainz Jr. had been having issues with his tyres all session and just couldn’t get a good time out of them. He has also been called to the stewards after qualifying for impeding Sérgio Perez on an out lap. Sainz Jr. will start thirteenth with team-mate Lando Norris in eleventh, just missing out on Q3. Both McLaren’s attempted to run the intermediates in the opening stages but they were not the tyre to have, and both pitted for the full wets.

Pierre Gasly was the last omission of Q2, he will start the race on Sunday in fifteenth. It was a good session for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team however, with both drivers advancing into the top ten for the first time in 2020.

Q3 – Lance Stroll on Pole

Lance Stroll shocked the Formula 1 world when he brought his car across the line to claim his first pole position in his career. Stroll has not had the easiest of races recently so this will surely boost him. His BWT Racing Point Formula One Team team-mate Pérez will start in third after being on top for the majority of this session after being the first driver on track to find pace on the intermediate tyre.

Max Verstappen was hoping to snatch pole away from the Racing Point’s after noticing the intermediate tyres were the strongest but the best he could do was second. His Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Alexander Albon will start fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo had been nowhere all weekend so him being able to pull a fifth place start out of the bag is some feat. Renault DP World F1 Team team-mate Esteban Ocon will start in seventh and is still being out-qualified Ricciardo.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team could not hold on to their qualifying dominance and was lacking in pace. Lewis Hamilton, who can win the Drivers’ Championship tomorrow, is starting in sixth with Valtteri Bottas in ninth, the lowest starting positions of the drivers all season.

Alfa Romeo had both of their driver in Q3 for the first time this year. Antonio Giovinazzi struggled and couldn’t really put in a good time in Q3 and will start tenth. Räikkönen battled his way to eighth, higher than one of the Mercedes cars.

118Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point Formula One Team2:07.4671:53.3721:47.76522
233Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:57.4851:50.2931:48.05526
311Sergio PérezMEXBWT Racing Point Formula One Team2:07.6141:54.0971:49.32121
423Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:59.4311:52.2821:50.44826
53Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault DP World F1 Team2:05.5981:54.2781:51.59526
644Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team2:07.5991:52.7091:52.56023
731Esteban OconFRARenault DP World F1 Team2:06.1151:53.6571:52.62226
87Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing2:01.2491:53.7931:52.74527
977Valtteri BottasFINMercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team2:07.0011:53.7671:53.25823
1099Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing2:07.3411:53.4311:57.22626
114Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team2:07.1671:54.94518
125Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari2:03.3561:55.16918
1355Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team2:07.4891:55.41018
1416Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari2:04.4641:56.69618
1510Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda2:05.5791:58.55617
1620Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team2:08.00710
1726Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda2:09.0708
1863George RussellGBRWilliams Racing2:10.0179
198Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team2:12.9097
206Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing2:21.6119
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