Formula 1 Commentary

F1 Turkish GP Live commentary and updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live updates from Saturday practice and qualifying for the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park.

By: Haydn Cobb, Jake Boxall-Legge


  • Bottas takes pole for the Turkish Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen and Leclerc
  • Hamilton qualified top but will take a 10-place grid penalty 
  • Vettel, Ocon, Russell, Schumacher and Sainz out in Q2
  • Ricciardo, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen and Mazepin out in Q1
  1. Hamilton, Mercedes
  2. Bottas, Mercedes
  3. Verstappen, Red Bull
  4. Leclerc, Ferrari
  5. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  6. Alonso, Alpine
  7. Perez, Red Bull
  8. Norris, McLaren
  9. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  10. Stroll, Aston Martin
Status: Stopped
And that's all from us today! We'll see you tomorrow for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Top 10 in qualifying: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc, Gasly, Alonso, Perez, Norris, Stroll, Tsunoda.
Hamilton cements the best time in qualifying - but with his 10-place grid penalty, Bottas has pole for tomorrow!
Leclerc fires up to fourth, bagging himself a second-row spot for tomorrow!
Bottas gets within a whisker of usurping Hamilton, but is just a tenth off the fastest time!
Alonso goes quicker, getting fifth off Perez - as Verstappen remains third!
Chequered is out - Perez also improves but remains fifth for now.
Gasly goes quicker with a 1m23.326s, but can't improve on fourth.
Tsunoda cements ninth with a 1m24.368s.
And it's a 1m22.868s for Hamilton now; the bar is raised once more.
So there's a bit of a pause for thought, but Hamilton is first to get back out.
After the opening runs, Perez is fifth ahead of Alonso, Norris, Leclerc, Tsunoda and Stroll.
Gasly gets up to third, but gets moved down to fourth by Verstappen.
Hamilton opens Q3 with a 1m23.093s, which Bottas pips by 0.022s.
The final part of qualifying now begins.
In Q3: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Gasly, Alonso, Perez, Leclerc, Tsunoda, Stroll, Norris
Eliminated in Q2: Vettel, Ocon, Russell, Schumacher, Sainz.
Leclerc moves out of the drop zone, shuffling Vettel back in!
Russell looked good to get out of the drop, but goes wide at the final corner and will not progress!
Vettel goes 10th fastest for now, as the chequered flag comes out.
Stroll's had an off at Turn 1, braking too late and taking to the run-off.
Alonso outpaces the Red Bulls to go third fastest, before Gasly shuffles him down a spot with his own bid for third.
Hamilton scythes another half-a-second out of his best, setting a 1m23.082s.
Leclerc has fallen into the drop zone after Stroll's escape act, meaning he needs to get a move on.
Perez moves up to third, as Verstappen's quickest first sector doesn't translate into top spot with a lock-up into the final collection of corners.
Stroll gets out of the bottom five with a 1m24.601s, good enough for P7.
Russell goes 11th on the mediums, which isn't quite enough to make it through into Q3 thus far.
"I'm struggling on the mediums with this downforce," Leclerc reports.
Leclerc's had a spin at the final corner, leaving him unable to improve on 10th for the time being.
"It takes too long to get temps," says Hamilton, unsatisfied with the cold track conditions.
Vettel, Stroll, Schumacher, Russell and Sainz currently occupy the bottom five with seven minutes left.
Alonso then returns the favour by going third, going faster than Bottas.
Gasly gets up to fourth, nudging ahead of Alonso and Norris.
Verstappen plonks his car into first place with a 1m24.002s, but Hamilton quickly eclipses that with a 1m23.595s.
Schumacher had got up to seventh, but Leclerc shuffles him down a spot by grabbing fourth.
Vettel gets up to P5, displacing Ocon, as Stroll goes sixth.
Perez has had a spin on his opening run, snapping at Turn 1 and ending up sideways. Almost a carbon copy of Tsunoda's Q1 spin.
Alonso displaces Gasly from second, as Tsunoda is just behind his AlphaTauri team-mate.