By: Paul Seefeld, Sports editor, The Pawprint
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, dominated Sunday’s Turkish GP, in damp conditions. Verstappen, currently leading the championship followed right behind, and Red Bull’s Sergio Perrez completed the podium. After that came Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and in fifth place, the seven time world champion Lewis Hamilton. That might be a good result considering he came from 11th place, but doing the fastest qualifying lap did not put him to pole position due to an engine penalty.
Adding on to the complicated conditions, Lewis Hamilton was furious at the Mercedes fort calling the pit stop at the complete wrong time. With very poor strategy, Hamilton was still performing well, but the time lost was too much for him to finish on the podium, as he usually does. He says that the strategy was not on point, but that things like that happen and that the next race will be better. After all, he still is in second position on the championship standings.
However, it was an unbelievable race for Bottas, who from the beginning seemed to be leading the pack with ease. Verstappen on the other hand, seemed to have some issues with his dashboard but also with his tires overheating a little. He was trying to find wet patches to cool down his inters.
Despite the poor weather conditions, there was only one lap incident. Between Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and Formula 1 legend Fernando Alonso. Thankfully, no injuries were caused but once again led to Mick Schumcher spinning out on only the second lap of the race.