F1 Turkish GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Lewis Hamilton topped both Friday practice sessions at the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

F1 Turkish GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

The defending F1 world champion enjoyed a strong start at the Istanbul Park by going quickest in each Friday practice session, but his Mercedes team confirmed he will serve a 10-place grid penalty for the Turkish GP after taking on a new internal combustion engine outside of his season allocation. 

It therefore presents world title rival Max Verstappen with a good opportunity to reclaim the points lead this weekend, having slipped two points behind Hamilton after the Russian GP, but the Red Bull driver struggled for handling with his F1 car on Friday and could only manage fifth fastest in FP2

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc impressed to take second place in the second session, ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, with Sergio Perez edging his Red Bull team-mate to take fourth place at the end of the Friday action.

After frustratingly missing out on a maiden F1 win last time out in Russia, Lando Norris bounced back to end FP2 in sixth place for McLaren ahead of Alpine duo Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon.

Despite a mid-FP2 spin, Pierre Gasly claimed ninth for AlphaTauri in front of Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) and team-mate Yuki Tsunoda, as Carlos Sainz Jr ended the day in 12th for Ferrari ahead of serving a back of the grid penalty for taking on an upgraded hybrid system within his new power unit for the Turkish GP. 

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

What time does qualifying start for the Turkish Grand Prix?

Qualifying for the Turkish GP starts at 3pm local time (1pm BST), using the regular Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.

  • Date: Saturday 9th October 2021
  • Start time: 3pm local time - 1pm BST

How can I watch qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every F1 practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with Turkish GP qualifying coverage starting at 12pm BST.

  • Channel: Sky Sports F1
  • Start time: 12:00pm BST

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of qualifying here

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

When can I watch the highlights of Turkish GP qualifying?

In the United Kingdom Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of qualifying for the Turkish GP at 6:00pm BST on Saturday. The full programme will run for 90 minutes, covering both qualifying and wrapping up the major talking points of the race weekend so far.

For the entire 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race on the Saturday and Sunday of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch up services.

  • Channel: Channel 4
  • Start time: 6:30pm BST

Will Turkish GP qualifying be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC 5 Live Sports Extra or via the BBC Sport website.

Coverage of Turkish GP qualifying will start at 12:55pm BST on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds app.

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

What's the weather forecast for qualifying at the Istanbul Park?

Heavy rain is forecast for Saturday morning, with a good chance the wet weather will continue for the start of qualifying at the Istanbul Park. Temperatures are set to be 20 degrees Celsius at the start of qualifying – three degrees warmer than qualifying for the Russian GP.

Turkish Grand Prix FP2 results:

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 30 1'23.804     229.306
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc 29 1'23.970 0.166 0.166 228.853
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 31 1'24.214 0.410 0.244 228.190
4 Mexico Sergio Perez 28 1'24.373 0.569 0.159 227.760
5 Netherlands Max Verstappen 27 1'24.439 0.635 0.066 227.582
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris 24 1'24.525 0.721 0.086 227.350
7 Spain Fernando Alonso 21 1'24.660 0.856 0.135 226.987
8 France Esteban Ocon 26 1'24.672 0.868 0.012 226.955
9 France Pierre Gasly 32 1'24.756 0.952 0.084 226.730
10 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 29 1'24.796 0.992 0.040 226.623

Turkish Grand Prix FP1 results:

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 26 1'24.178     228.287
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen 24 1'24.603 0.425 0.425 227.140
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc 27 1'24.654 0.476 0.051 227.004
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas 28 1'24.842 0.664 0.188 226.501
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 25 1'24.860 0.682 0.018 226.452
6 France Esteban Ocon 30 1'24.909 0.731 0.049 226.322
7 United Kingdom Lando Norris 26 1'25.347 1.169 0.438 225.160
8 France Pierre Gasly 30 1'25.382 1.204 0.035 225.068
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 26 1'25.383 1.205 0.001 225.065
10 Mexico Sergio Perez 24 1'25.459 1.281 0.076 224.865
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