Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Istanbul Park, 2021

2021 Turkish Grand Prix grid

2021 Turkish Grand Prix

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Valtteri Bottas will start the Turkish Grand Prix from pole position after team mate Lewis Hamilton took a 10-place grid penalty.

Row 11. Valtteri Bottas 1’22.998
2. Max Verstappen 1’23.196
Red Bull
Row 23. Charles Leclerc 1’23.265
4. Pierre Gasly 1’23.326
Row 35. Fernando Alonso 1’23.477
6. Sergio Perez 1’23.706
Red Bull
Row 47. Lando Norris 1’23.954
8. Lance Stroll 1’24.305
Aston Martin
Row 59. Yuki Tsunoda 1’24.368
10. Sebastian Vettel 1’24.795
Aston Martin
Row 611. Lewis Hamilton 1’22.868
12. Esteban Ocon 1’24.842
Row 713. George Russell 1’25.007
14. Mick Schumacher 1’25.200
Row 815. Nicholas Latifi 1’26.086
16. Antonio Giovinazzi 1’26.430
Alfa Romeo
Row 917. Kimi Raikkonen 1’27.525
Alfa Romeo
18. Nikita Mazepin 1’28.449
Row 1019. Carlos Sainz Jnr No time
20. Daniel Ricciardo 1’25.881


Lewis Hamilton – 10 place grid penalty for exceeding his maximum allocation of power unit parts
Carlos Sainz Jnr – Start from back of grid for exceeding his maximum allocation of power unit parts
Daniel Ricciardo – Start from back of grid for exceeding his maximum allocation of power unit parts

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10 comments on “2021 Turkish Grand Prix grid”

  1. Never trust the sandbaggers when they say they aren’t the fastest. Some never learn this lesson.

  2. Gasly certainly has a connection with the number 4.

    Let’s see if Verstappen can jump Bottas at the start and how long Hamilton takes to make it through the midfield.

  3. F1’s graphics are well done:
    “Corner”, Speed” “km/h” and “mph”, “Throttle Position”, & “Brake Position”

    1. Stevan Vasiljević
      9th October 2021, 22:33

      That camera angle was my favorite onboard fotage, as it shows the raw speed of the cars. Now these graphics dominate screen and are quite distracting, which diminishes the aforementioned experience.

  4. Thought Mclaren could be a bit higher up the grid. If Ferrari’s pace holds for the remaining races, then it will be a close championship battle for third.

    1. Seems to be very track specific for those two teams. Sometimes McLaren is well ahead of Ferrari, sometime it’s the other way around. Makes it really interesting to see who got the edge on the upcoming tracks. Looks like Istanbul suits the red car better than the orange, though.

  5. Why does HAM start from 11th and Sainz from last? They both got the same 10 place penalty for engine change.

    1. Ah, no – they didn’t. This is one of the problems with my most pedantic bugbear, which is people calling F1 power units “engines” and I totally understand why it is confusing.

      Sainz has taken a full replacement power unit – including the energy store, motor-generator units, etc. That incurs a much bigger penalty because he is replacing more elements, each of which incur grid penalties. Hamilton has only replaced one element – the internal combustion engine – so only incurs 10 places.

      The engine is part of the power unit but power units get referred to as engines, which makes this sort of situation where you’re specifically talking about replacing the V6 quite confusing.

      So: they have different penalties, for different replacements.

    2. No they didn’t, as I understand it. Hamilton got a 10 place drop for going over his allocation of ICE. Sainz got a “start from the back of the grid” drop for replacing several (all?) components of the power unit. Basically it goes something like this: replacing one component gives you 10 places, replacing two components gives you 15 places, and replacing more than that you start from the back.

  6. kimi 1 sec slower than antonio. he got nothing left.

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