FP3: Max claims practice hat-trick at Istanbul ice rink | F1 News by PlanetF1

The Istanbul Park circuit went from icy to wet and icy for Saturday’s final practice with Max Verstappen quickest ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Following Friday’s slips and slides, the Turkish GP organisers had road cars running on the circuit during the night in a bid to rubber in the track. And then the rain came undoing any good that may have been done.

More drizzle on Saturday morning meant FP3 began on a damp circuit, just 15’C, and with more rain on the way.

Is it us or does @intercitypark have some kind of rain-repellant micro-climate, from the look of this radar map?!#HaasF1 #TurkishGP pic.twitter.com/0hpVvLjHat

— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 14, 2020

Romain Grosjean was the first man to brave the conditions, heading out on the intermediate tyres and twitching his way around the circuit. He was joined by the Ferraris and Red Bulls while Lewis Hamilton stood at the back of his garage waiting for the conditions to potentially improve.

Sergio Perez was the first spinner, but unlikely to be the last, while Kimi Raikkonen made use of the run-off to make his way around the circuit.

Istanbul Park is proving very, very challenging in these tricky conditions 😳

Sergio Perez is the first to 🔄 on Saturday#TurkishGP 🇹🇷 #F1 pic.twitter.com/fUOY4HEYX5

— Formula 1 (@F1) November 14, 2020

Alex Albon and Charles Leclerc traded blows on the timesheet, swapping P1, before Max Verstappen blitzed their times with a 1:48.4.

Esteban Ocon added his name to the growing list of spinners, although he was given a tap by Leclerc as the Ferrari driver tried to slide up the inside. “He hit me” was Ocon’s assessment.

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Lando Norris, Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyat were the next to spin as the rain grew steadily heavier. “It’s getting a bit trickier now, quite slippery,” Verstappen told Red Bull.

Despite the conditions, only Hamilton, Pierre Gasly, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi did not set times in the first 15 minutes.

Leclerc reported that it is “not driveable like this, the tyres are too cold” as Hamilton did his first lap on the full wets and immediately pitted. McLaren brought its drivers in for full wets but Carlos Sainz still spun.

Lewis heads out on a set of X-Wets and it's the same feedback as Valtteri… 💭

📻 "This is as close to driving on ice as you can get."

Both drivers finding it difficult to keep any heat in the tyres in these conditions.

Lots of cars struggling for grip and spinning out. pic.twitter.com/be5dhVNIbI

— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) November 14, 2020

Vettel informed Ferrari that it was “getting more difficult” but added that he may as well stay out. He understeered off the track. His next lap he was off at Turn 6. Leclerc also went into a slide, lucky to stop before hitting the barrier. Another yet another long lap off the track Vettel pitted.

Sainz returned to the action on full wets, sliding his way across the grass at about 130mph. He was the last man back in the pits as only the sound of the rain hitting the tarmac could be heard at the Istanbul Park.

With the rain continuing only a few drivers opted to put in laps in the final 26 minutes with Antonio Giovinazzi spinning into the gravel. He spun again on his way back to the pits.

Antonio Giovinazzi is off at Turn 2

His front wing just clips the wall as he spins but he's okay to carry on#TurkishGP 🇹🇷 #F1 pic.twitter.com/vce4rLzHcH

— Formula 1 (@F1) November 14, 2020

Verstappen’s earlier 1:48.4 stood firm as the P1 time. He finished ahead of Leclerc by 0.945s while Albon was third, a further 0.6s adrift.

Hamilton, Russell and Latifi did not set lap times.

Times

1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:48.485
2Charles LeclercFerrari0.945s
3Alex AlbonRed Bull1.574s
4Esteban OconRenault5.412s
5Lando NorrisMcLaren5.510s
6Sebastian VettelFerrari6.005s
7Sergio PerezRacing Point7.092s
8Valtteri BottasMercedes7.181s
9Kevin MagnussenHaas7.393s
10Lance StrollRacing Point8.339s
11Daniel RicciardoRenault9.990s
12Carlos SainzMcLaren11.063s
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing13.840s
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri13.988s
15 Romain GrosjeanHaas16.263s5
16Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing17.866s7
17Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri20.883s5
18George RussellWilliams no times
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams no times
20Lewis HamiltonMercedes no times

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