Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in slippery Turkish practice – other sports

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in a largely meaningless Turkish Grand Prix first practice on Friday that the Dutch teenager likened to driving on ice as a consequence of slippery monitor circumstances.

The 23-yr-previous produced a finest lap of 1 minute 35.077 seconds on the finish of the session on a just lately resurfaced Istanbul monitor whose lack of grip on a chilly morning posed issues for all.

His time was greater than 10 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s 2011 pole time, when the German was with Red Bull, of 1:25.049 on Formula One’s final earlier go to to the circuit on the Asian aspect of Istanbul.

Thai group mate Alexander Albon was second, forward of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly with dominant Mercedes means down the order on a morning of wheelspins and slides.

Vettel, in his previous few races for Ferrari earlier than becoming a member of Aston Martin (Racing Point) subsequent season, was fifth quickest.

“It’s like driving on grass — way lower grip than a wet track,” commented Haas’s Kevin Magnussen.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who seems set to seal his document-equalling seventh world championship in Sunday’s race, was solely fifteenth quickest and greater than 5 seconds slower than Verstappen.

“There’s no grip, it’s pointless doing the start,” the Briton mentioned over the group radio when instructed to pit for some practice begins.

Team mate Valtteri Bottas, who should rating eight factors greater than Hamilton to remain mathematically in competition, was ninth quickest with the primary precedence being to get some rubber down onto the monitor.

“It’s all about tyre temperature,” mentioned Red Bull boss Christian Horner, whose group completed one-two in 2011. “It’s so, so slippery out there it is like driving on ice in many respects.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz stopped by the aspect of the monitor after earlier struggling {an electrical} drawback. His group mate Lando Norris, celebrating his twenty first birthday, was seventh quickest.

The session was crimson flagged inside minutes of the beginning after Ferrari’s Leclerc slid right into a bollard marking the pit lane entry.

Track employees have been earlier seen chasing a stray canine that was reported to have been caught earlier than any vehicles ventured out onto the monitor.

(Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, enhancing by Toby Davis)

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