Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in slippery Turkish practice

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Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in a largely meaningless Turkish Grand Prix first practice on Friday that the Dutch teenager likened to driving on ice attributable to slippery observe circumstances.

The 23-year-old produced a greatest lap of 1 minute 35.077 seconds on the finish of the session on a not too long ago resurfaced Istanbul observe whose lack of grip on a chilly morning posed issues for all.

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His time was greater than 10 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s 2011 pole time, when the German was with Red Bull, of 1:25.049 on Formula One’s last earlier go to to the circuit on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Thai staff mate Alexander Albon was second, forward of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly with dominant Mercedes method down the order on a morning of wheelspins and slides.

Vettel, in his previous couple of races for Ferrari before becoming a member of Aston Martin (Racing Point) subsequent season, was fifth quickest.

“It’s like driving on grass — way lower grip than a wet track,” commented Haas’s Kevin Magnussen.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who appears to be like set to seal his record-equalling seventh world championship in Sunday’s race, was just 15th quickest and greater than 5 seconds slower than Verstappen.

“There’s no grip, it’s pointless doing the start,” the Briton stated over the staff radio when instructed to pit for some practice begins.

Team mate Valtteri Bottas, who should rating eight factors greater than Hamilton to remain mathematically in competition, was ninth quickest with the principle precedence being to get some rubber down onto the observe.

“It’s all about tyre temperature,” stated Red Bull boss Christian Horner, whose staff completed one-two in 2011. “It’s so, so slippery out there it is like driving on ice in many respects.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz stopped by the side of the observe after earlier struggling {an electrical} downside. His staff mate Lando Norris, celebrating his 21st birthday, was seventh quickest.

The session was red flagged inside minutes of the beginning after Ferrari’s Leclerc slid right into a bollard marking the pit lane entry.

Track employees had been earlier seen chasing a stray canine that was reported to have been caught before any automobiles ventured out onto the observe.

(Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, enhancing by Toby Davis)

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