Turkish F1 GP: Bottas wins in Istanbul; Verstappen, leader of the Formula 1 world championship | Sports

The tremendous appetite that animates the two drivers involved in the Formula 1 World Championship this season can be measured by the indifference aroused by the fact that they both finish a race on the podium when that does not mean the have won. The second position won by Max Verstappen in Turkey could perfectly be considered a victory for the Dutchman, especially taking into account the inferiority shown by the Red Bulls this weekend in their particular duel with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. However, Verstappen’s face and words as soon as he got out of the car projected anything but joy. The apathy of the boy from Hasselt, yes, was a burst of joy compared to the enormous anger of the Briton, who as the days went by made life more complicated until he left on Sunday completely unbalanced.

While Verstappen maximized his potential in Istanbul, Hamilton squandered an unbeatable opportunity to hit a growth spurt that would allow him some margin at the top of the Championship. The rider from Stevenage (Great Britain) started eleventh – he was penalized after changing the combustion chamber of his car – and finished fifth, after taking his time at the start and being prevented by Checo Pérez (third) , who raised a wall in front of him and cut off his comeback as they battled for fourth place. An invaluable team effort for the Mexican, entirely devoted to the cause of the red buffalo and its leader. On paper, it was Mercedes who had prepared an ambush on Hamilton to reach Valtteri Bottas, and it turned out that it was Red Bull who took part of the more choral strategy.

In very complicated conditions, the Finn came out first and took the checkered flag on the spot, 15 seconds ahead of the second and without a trace of his neighbor in the workshop, lost in the peloton and doubting to go change. tires or perform the entire test with them. It’s the Nordic’s first victory for over a year (Russia, 2020) and one of the last he will get wearing the star manufacturer’s suit, once his signing with Alfa Romeo is formalized for the coming year. . .

On this occasion, Hamilton gives in to the warnings that reach him on the radio and returns to the garage with eight laps to go, insufficient time for the tires to get rid of the famous graining – the aggregate that adheres to its surface when there is a large difference between the temperature of the asphalt and that of the asphalt – and functions correctly again. “I tried to stay out as long as possible because what was clear to me was that I wasn’t going to have enough time to eliminate the graining. We lost very important points”, summarized the undisputed leader of the star brand, who after this result loses the relay of the general table, which passes again to Verstappen, now by six points.

The front of the race remained relatively stable, nothing to do with the clashes at the back of the peloton. From the rest of the world scuffle emerged the figure of Carlos Sainz, a veritable whirlwind who engulfed 11 rivals – he started 19th and finished 8th – more than anyone, in a frenetic escalation that earned him the driver of the day award . for the first time in his career. The Madrid native had at least that satisfaction after emptying himself on the track, a much better taste in his mouth than Fernando Alonso’s.

Alonso: ‘We haven’t hit a single one in the lottery’

Positioned fifth on the grid, his best starting position for seven years, the Spaniard fell victim to the excitement that intoxicated Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman lost his car and hit the Spaniard with a whiplash, who couldn’t help but go into a spin. “When we start from the front we have the bad luck of being hit from behind. And then we are at 58 laps without anything happening”, agreed Alonso, finally 16th. “We played the lottery and we didn’t We haven’t touched a single number. I imagine that we will have a combination of luck for next year, “said the Alpinois.

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