World news – US – Stroll is top spot in the qualifiers for the chaotic Turkish Grand Prix

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Lance Stroll took first place in his Formula One career in a rainy and chaotic qualification session for the Turkish Grand Prix on Saturday.

Canadian driver mode . 3 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 1. 56 ahead of Sergio Perez, Stroll’s fellow at Racing Point.

« Putting it on the pole is a special moment for me, » Stroll said.. “The most important thing in my career.

Fugitive championship leader Lewis Hamilton was sixth and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was only ninth in the Istanbul Circuit, which last resurfaced and slipped in Formula 1 in 2011..

Hamilton said, « It was one of the least enjoyable sessions I’ve had ». «  The track looks terrible, it’s like driving on ice . . . The whole weekend has been a nightmare, and the fist is just too bad.

Stroll, whose father Lawrence Stroll owns the team, has been unfit for most of the season. His joy was palpable when he threw himself into the arms of engineers and mechanics, then tightened his fist while holding the Canadian flag in his other hand..

“I really can’t describe it in words. « I was shocked, » said Stroll.. “I’ve nailed nearly every corner and put it together.

Verstappen seemed sure he would take first place after leading the first two divisions of the qualifiers and he finished first in the third quarter when his team aborted the lap to switch from wet to mid-range tires.

The move backfired and left Verstappen bitter and angry over the call, using the profane word on the team’s radio to describe the frames..

« We had better switched to this framework. « We definitely missed something in there, » Verstappen said.. “When you’re first all the time, and coming out second, that’s not what you want to do.

Red Bull’s Alexander Albon came fourth, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, while it was a miserable day for Mercedes.

Both Ferrari failed to reach the third quarter, with Sebastian Vettel in 12th and Charles Leclerc in 14th.. Embarrassing for Ferrari that Alfa Romeo drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi made it to the third quarter with Ferrari engines.

Hamilton only needs to finish the match ahead of Bottas on Sunday to claim his seventh Formula 1 title and equal the record of Michael Schumacher.

The track was still inundated when the drivers came out to start the qualifiers known as Q1. Even at drastically reduced speed, drivers meander on sliding surfaces.

After the AlphaTauri exited Pierre Gasly on the lawn, the session was paused with a red flag for approximately 40 minutes.

« I see nothing with the condom, » said Locklear again in the team’s garage.. He was in 16th place when the first quarter paused and was in danger of being disqualified out of five drivers.

The safety car exited for a track test before the session, followed shortly afterwards by a sweeper truck that removed the excess water.. After one more turn of the safety car, the session resumed with about seven minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Leclerc and Raikkonen, winner of the inaugural race here in 2005, almost collided. Just three minutes later, the red flag appeared after Roman Grosjean lost the rear of his car and got back in some pebbles..

When I started again, Leclerc was still 16th and only had 3:30 PM to reach Q2. Hold on to his nerves, qualify comfortably as Verstappen rose from 15th to lead Q1 with an impressive drive..

Meanwhile, Hamilton just starred in the second quarter as he finished in 14th. The Q2 was suspended for a few minutes while a Williams crane removed Nicholas Latifi from the side of the track.

Verstappen led the second quarter ahead of teammates Albon and Hamilton, while Vettel and Leclerc were eliminated alongside McLaren Carlos Sainz Jr.. . And Lando Norris.

Hamilton did not specify a lap time in the last workout. Potash pressed hard in an effort to get some heat in the tires and was the eighth fastest but seven seconds behind Verstappen..

“Getting into the wet weather today made it more difficult,” Hamilton said.. “I like being wet but here the tires are not working . . . Ten times worse in terms of tenacity than anywhere else.

The race is being held without fans due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is the fourteenth race of the season, and only three have been played with the spectators.

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