Istanbul Park Circuit saw a qualifying where Lewis Hamilton was fastest, but Valtteri Bottas will take pole on Sunday race due to a penalty given to the brit. This gives the chance to Max Verstappen to start the Turkish Grand Prix from the front row, while his teammate, Sergio Pérez, qualified seventh, but will start sixth due to Hamilton’s penalty.
"I think the whole engineering Team, both trackside and back at the factory in Milton Keynes, have done a great job to make the progress that we have, hopefully that puts us in better shape for tomorrow,” says team boss Horner.
As mentioned before, Verstappen qualified third but will start on second place once the seven-times World Champion penalty is applied.
“It’s going to be vital he gets a good start and tries to get ahead of Bottas early on as Lewis has looked the quickest he’s been all year so far around here, so he’s going to be coming through pretty quickly.”
“Checo’s times on the scrub tyre and the medium tyre were strong, it was just that last run on the new set of softs that didn’t come together. The strategy we’ve picked tomorrow for him should see him be able to make good progress,” he added about the Mexican driver’s performance.
“We think we can be closer to Mercedes tomorrow than we were in qualifying, so we’ve got to get our heads down, keep plugging away, get the strategy right and try to capitalise by getting the maximum points we can for both drivers.”