F1 Turkish Grand Prix LIVE: Race build-up, Stroll ON POLE for first time ever, Hamilton SIXTH – results, latest updates – The Sun

LANCE STROLL is on pole position for the very first time in his F1 career today.

After an action-packed qualifying session in the rain, Racing Point are in control with Driver's Championship leader Lewis Hamilton starting back in sixth.

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  • Grid positions: 1st Stroll 2nd Verstappen 3rd Perez 4th Albon

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  • James Orr

    SIR LANCE-LOT

    Lewis Hamilton went cold turkey on his blistering assault on a record-equalling seventh world title here in Istanbul.

    The Brit only needs to finish ahead of his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas in today's Turkish GP.

    Hamilton usually excels in the rain, but a deluge proved to be a total washout, as he qualified down in sixth place while Bottas will start a lowly ninth.

    But the Mercedes' duo's fate was only part of this story in another embarrassing display that raises yet more questions for F1 and the FIA's Race Director, Michael Masi.

    In a catalog of cock ups, there was a 44-minute delay as the track was deemed too dangerous due to the heavy rain.

    Drivers had already criticised the lack of grip at this Istanbul track that has not been used for F1 since 2011.

    On top of that, it had recently been resurfaced, making it more difficult for grip, even in the dry.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TURKISH DELIGHT

  • Jake Lambourne

    F1 QUALIFYING RESULTS

  • Jake Lambourne

    STROLL IN THE PARK

  • Jake Lambourne

    MERCEDES PRAISE

  • Jake Lambourne

    MAX POWER

    Max Verstappen has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on pole.

    He said: “Already in Q1 when we tried to go out on the inters we had no grip.

    “The track was a lot better in Q3 but for us the inters were horrible. 

    “The extreme tyres were good and was very comfortable. Not good.

    “I'm a bit disappointed, of course. In the race tomorrow we can do well but when you're first all the time and then you come second it's not what you want.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MORE FROM STROLL

    “I'm shocked. We didn't look to competitive in final practice but I'm so happy right now, I really put that lap together at the end, I only had one lap to do it on the inters. 

    “I had the confidence in the car and I just nailed pretty much every corner, pieced it together nicely and such a nice way to bounce back after a few tough weeks.

    “To put it on pole is a special moment for me, one of the biggest of my career.”

  • Jim Sheridan

    STROLL SPEAKS

    On pole for the first time, you can see the beaming smile even behind the face mask.

    “I can't really put it into words right now, I'm shocked!

    “It's one of the biggest highlights of my career for sure, we dream about these moments growing up and it's pretty special!”

  • Jim Sheridan

    SHOCK GRID

    What a qualifying session – if the race tomorrow is half as good, we're in for a treat.

  • Ben Hunt

    SOME RESULT FOR STROLL

    He has been under fire of late for some poor results, but he pulled that out of the bag.

  • Ben Hunt

    AND NOW STROLL

    Unbelievable finish as Stroll takes pole position.

    Max Verstappen is in P2.

    Perez in P3.

    Hamilton is down in 6th place – Bottas in P9.

  • Ben Hunt

    PEREZ IS LOOKING GOOD FOR POLE HERE

    But Hamilton is down in 8th

  • Ben Hunt

    THREE MINUTES TO GO

    It is Perez, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Stroll, Ricciardo, Bottas, Albon, Hamilton, Giovinazzi, Ocon.

  • Ben Hunt

    SWAPPING FOR INTERMEDIATES

    With the track drying, there is a flurry of action in the pitlane as Merc and Red Bull pit their drivers for the quicker intermediate tyres.

    Still too damp for slicks.

  • Ben Hunt

    ALL DRIVERS ON WETS

    Apart from Ocon and Ricciardo. The two Renault boys are trying their luck on the intermediate tyres.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q3 IS GO

    Looks like we will get this session done after all. Results all pending investigations into the lap times set in Q1 under yellow flags.

    But, let's say this is the shoot out for the top 10 nonetheless.

    Can Verstappen take pole ahead of Hamilton?

  • Ben Hunt

    FLAG IS OUT

    And those drivers eliminated areGasly, Leclerc, Sainz, Vettel and Norris.

    The two Alfa Romeos of Raikkonen and Giovinazzi are through to the top 10.

  • Ben Hunt

    UNDER THREE MINUTES TO GO

    In the drop zone are – Sainz, Gasly, Vettel, Leclerc, Norris.

  • Ben Hunt

    RIDICULOUSNESS OUT OF THE WAY

    The flags have gone and qualifying resumes at full speed.

    Verstappen again goes quickest, Raikkonen in P2.

    But these times will now drop as the rain has stopped and the track starts clearing up.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q2 IS GO

    But under yellow flags in sector 2 as marshals removed Latifi's beached Williams. That seems very strange and illogical.

    Not too sure what is going on in Race Control today.

  • Ben Hunt

    ELIMINATED FROM Q1

    Latifi, Grosjean, Russell, Kvyat, Magnussen.

  • Ben Hunt

    THAT WAS CLOSE FOR THE CHAMP

    And it might not be over yet.

    Kevin Magnussen is quizzing how the other drivers improved their times when there were yellow flags.

    He has a point.

  • Ben Hunt

    CHEQUERED FLAG IS OUT

    Verstappen sets the benchmark. A brave lap of 1:57.485 in these terrible conditions. He will be safe with that.

    Hamilton cut that fine as he aborted his final lap and ends the session in 14th place.

  • Ben Hunt

    IN THE DROP ZONE ARE

    Latifi, Russell, Gasly and Leclerc. Verstappen is only in P15.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q1 IS GO….AGAIN Pt2

    A little over 2 minutes to go. Grosjean is out but who are the other four drivers who will be eliminated at the first hurdle?

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