F1 Turkish GP Live commentary and updates - FP1 & FP2

Live updates from Friday practice for the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park.

By: Tom Howard, Lewis Duncan


  • FP2 for the Turkish Grand Prix has finished
  • Hamilton finished top with a 1m23.804s ahead of Leclerc and Bottas
  • Hamilton also topped this morning's FP1
  • FP3 starts at 10:00 BST on Saturday
  1. Hamilton, Mercedes
  2. Leclerc, Ferrari
  3. Bottas, Mercedes
  4. Perez, Red Bull
  5. Verstappen, Red Bull
  6. Norris, McLaren
  7. Alonso, Alpine
  8. Ocon, Alpine
  9. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  10. Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
Status: Stopped
Ocon is having a few gear selection issues as he attempts a practice start. He's stuck in neutral and stranded on track as he's been told to switch off.
Tsunoda was 11th from Sainz, Stroll, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Vettel, Latifi, Russell, Schumacher and Mazepin.
Hamilton tops the session with a 1m23.804s from Leclerc, Bottas, Perez, Verstappen, Norris, Alonso, Ocon, Gasly, Giovinazzi.
The yellow flag was for Latifi, who spun at Turn 9 again.
Chequered flag is out and that's a wrap on FP2.
Someone's gone off in sector two and briefly brought out a yellow flag.
Mazepin had a big slide going through Turn 8. He's ruined his tyres as a result... and most likely his underpants too.
We're now looking at Norris finishing a lap. The McLaren driver is doing his work this afternoon on the hard tyre.
Russell has just been told his mid 1m28s pace is "matching Aston and Ocon".
You know there's not a lot happening when we get to see shots of cars exceeding track limits at Turn 1.
Verstappen reports the "vibrations are picking up on the right front". He's currently on a run on the medium tyres and there's a fair bit of marking on that right front - same as Leclerc had.
Just 10 minutes of running left in FP2.
Not sure how old those mediums are on Leclerc's car, but they already look quite marked on the inside of the front right.
Gasly has gotten his AlphaTauri going again, but that set of soft tyres he's is a bit wrecked now.
Gasly has now had a spin exiting Turn 6.
Verstappen has a big moment going through Turn 7 on this lap. Clearly still struggling for stability mid-corner.
Just 15 minutes of FP2 remaining and we're right into the long running now.
Bottas now has a big lock-up into Turn 1 and runs on. Another student for the Toprak school of hard braking later on.
Raikkonen continued his drinks-related rant in his garage, saying - among other things - "[It's] the most simply part of the car and we can't fix it." Can't imagine what Kimi is like when someone spills milk at home!
We're yet to see a soft tyre lap from 14th-placed Ricciardo.
Meanwhile, Ocon makes another improvement in his Alpine to seventh behind team-mate Alonso.
"I think my arms are too short to turn the wheel," Gasly says. Millions of short F1 fans instantly relate.
Leclerc did hope the track surface would be just as slippery as it was last year as it suited Ferrari, but he's looking in decent form at the moment.
Only two drivers have gone sub-1m24s this afternoon - Hamilton with a 1m23.804s, and Leclerc with a 1m23.970s.
Tusnoda's the latest to be caught out by Turn 9. Had a bit of a snap into the corner on his previous flying lap. The Japanese driver is currently ninth.
Raikkonen is complaining his drinking system is "leaking like f***".
Outside of the top 10 it's Alonso, Stroll, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Vettel, Latifi, Russell, Mazepin, Schumacher and Ocon.
Half an hour of this session gone, Hamilton leads Leclerc, Bottas, Perez, Verstappen, Norris, Giovinazzi, Tsunoda, Sainz, Gasly.
Verstappen says his car mid-corner feels "like a slingshot".
Interesting lap for Hamilton. On the same soft tyres, he's managed to improve to a 1m24.804s.
Verstappen goes fourth with a 1m24.736s.
He's 0.491s down in sector one as a result of that error.
Verstappen goes onto a time attack on soft rubber now but made a bit of a mistake exiting Turn 1.
And Hamilton sees that lap through to go top with a 1m23.840s, but you have think there's a few tenths missing from that as a result of the traffic.
He's kept his foot on the loud pedal though and is still up in sector two.
Hamilton is up through sector one on this lap but has come up on a lot of traffic into Turn 8.
Norris makes a bit of a mistake at Turn 9 on this soft tyre lap and has to abort.
Vettel is asked for his thoughts on car balance. His reply: "Very poor, tons of understeer". An apt description of both his Aston Martin and every shopping trolley ever.
The Williams driver makes a small improvement to 16th.