Istanbul comes back to host a Formula 1 race during this unpredictable season. The first try out of the track this morning showed off a very slippery track. The second session of the Turkish Grand Prix has just ended, confirming the first impression.
Driving on a track like this is really challenging as the unexpected is always there, waiting behind the corner. This could actually be a positive note, though. In a season in which the only surprise is the constantly changing calendar, a slipping track can add a bit of suspence, especially considering that it is new for many drivers and they could not prepare themselves to approach it any better
This hint of surprise smiled to Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver has been able to go out there and be consistent, quick and very gripped to the asphalt. He conquered the top position of the second session of free practises.
A super Charles Leclerc has caught the second position just as surprisingly as Verstappen, even more. The young Monegasque proved that he has the talent and the quality to be part of the top team even on a single-seater that does not work as it should. Valtteri Bottas on the pther hand placed his Mercedes in the third positon.
Call it bad luck, call it pressure, Lewis Hamilton placed only four. On Sunday the driver has the chance to qualify World Champion for the seventh time, reaching out Michael Schumacher on the top of the list in the Formula 1 story and it is still too early to be diffident he could reach this result right here in Instanbul. In fifth place there is Alex Albon’s Red Bull, followed by the two Alpha Tauri. Daniil Kvyat is sixth and Pierre Gasly gained only the seventh position.
The slippery of Instabul seems to help Ferrari, as Sebastian Vettel places in the top ten too, followed up by Lance Stroll and Lando Norris, who today celebrates his birthday too. Here we go with today's FP2 times: