Valtteri Bottas he made a good pole position on Saturday with a victory that allowed him to climb to the top of the box for the first time in 2021. The Finn claimed himself with a race that may be his last time with Mercedes before going to Alfa Romeo.
Max Verstappen, who started 2nd, finished in the same position and returned to the leadership of the World Cup thanks largely to 5th place in Lewis Hamilton. If the seven-time champion did not reach the top, it was because of the man who finished 3rd, a Sergio Pérez who acted as a perfect squire and received the podium award.
The development of ‘The Plan’ from Fernando Alonso he had a good career in Turkey. After a grid position that he had not reached since Japan 2014, soon the dream of a podium was ruined: he received a touch of Gasly on the way out, he spun and ended up at the bottom of the grid in the first few changes. Entered 16th.
The comeback of Carlos Sainz from the penultimate position allowed him to reach the 8th final place, which was recognized with the award of pilot of the day by fans for the first time since he’s in F1.
Goodbye to Alonso’s podium at the start
So much was said about the first corner and how Alonso had taken his elbows in Russia, which was precisely there where Alonso lost the initial podium options.
It was not his own fault, but of Pierre Gasly, which went too long into the first corner and hit the Alpine’s left rear wheel and spun it. “Go stupid is Gasly”Alonso complained. “They have put me in a sandwich,” he justified himself. AlphaTauri, It’s over subsequently penalized with 5 seconds.
With an Alonso on he tried to come back from behind, but he soon saw that it was not going to be an easy race: he also played with Mick Schumacher, in the 16th position. Also the Asturian was sanctioned with 5 seconds for this incident.
In front, Valtteri Bottas resisted first place with Max Verstappen comfortable second, while Lewis Hamilton I was quickly progressing to the ‘top 5’. The fear of being hit was evident in the seven-time champion, especially in these wet track conditions, but he brilliantly saved the first few bars of the race.
Carlos Sainz comeback … broken in the pits
Carlos SainzDespite starting last, he started a great comeback that took him to the ‘top 10’ before reaching the first third of the race. Especially tense was the overtaking with Sebastian Vettel for the 10th place, with a touch included from Spanish to German, although it did not stay there, since then it fell Yuki Tsunoda.
For the Madrilenian it was a difficult race, not only because of this comeback, but also because later in his pit stop there was a problem that made him lose a lot of time.
Gaining positions was not easy for any driver, including Hamilton, who saw how Nikita mazepin He almost ruined his career when he did not respect blue flags.
The problems of this circuit to drain in conditions prevented the track from drying out enough to fit dry tires well after the middle of the test. Although it was not raining, it was wet enough to keep the intermediate tires, which meant that the first pilots who stopped did not dare to ride dry. Just did Sebastian Vettel, and as he left the pits he went off the track. He immediately came back to put the intermissions back on again.
In these conditions, Sergio perez earned the respect of Red Bull with a position limit defense over Lewis Hamilton. The Briton, aware that he could reach the podium, pushed to the limit to try to pass the Mexican, but he held on.
That time that stopped Hamilton was key so that, when they made their respective stops, Verstappen came out ahead of both. The fight for the World Cup is so tight that this type of strategy is fundamental.
After an impasse of Charles Leclerc as leader, Bottas regained the lead that he did not leave until the checkered flag, while behind Verstappen held second place.
The eyes were directed towards Hamilton, and how far he could go. Those moments behind Pérez prevented him from leaving in a position to fight for the podium, and he even ended up looking in the rear-view mirrors at a Gasly that threatened that 5th.