F1 Race Event: Turkish F1 GP
Race Track: Istanbul Park Circuit

Istanbul pitlane

Weather: dry  14.9°C
Tarmac: dry  19.3°C
Humidity : 68.4%
Wind : 2.5 m/s E
Pressure: 1009.7 bar

After 9 years F1 returned to Istanbul Park in Turkey to drive the first practice for the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix. The circuit is remembered by it's notorious turn 9, where the F1 cars pull over 5G while acceleration on full throttle. This year it will be interesting to see if the high downforce cars can hit 6G.

The track has been resurfaced by a new tarmac and was cleaned very thorough. It even was still a bit wet this morning when the cars did their first laps. Valtteri Bottas was the first to clock a lap time in the Mercedes with a 1:48.426 min.

All drivers had to fight a lot to not spin of the circuit. Carlos Sainz had a very different fight. He had to retire the McLaren with a technical problem halfway the session.

The lap record is a 1:24.770 min set by Juan Pablo Montoya in the McLaren MP4-20 back in 2005.

FP1 Times Table 2020 Turkish GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.077 28 H (C1)
2 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:35.318 +0.241s 27 H (C1)
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:35.507 +0.430s 26 H (C1)
4 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:35.543 +0.466s 25 M (C2)
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.620 +0.543s 29 M (C2)
6 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:36.738 +1.661s 26 H (C1)
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:37.216 +2.139s 21 M (C2)
8 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:37.503 +2.426s 20 M (C2)
9 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:37.629 +2.552s 22 H (C1)
10 31 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:38.428 +3.351s 22 M (C2)
11 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:38.508 +3.431s 18 M (C2)
12 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:38.612 +3.535s 22 H (C1)
13 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:39.484 +4.407s 20 H (C1)
14 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:40.025 +4.948s 24 M (C2)
15 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.225 +5.148s 11 H (C1)
16 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:41.035 +5.958s 23 H (C1)
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:41.854 +6.777s 21 H (C1)
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:45.156 +10.079s 19 H (C1)
19 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1:46.462 +11.385s 12 H (C1)
20 63 George Russell Williams 1:49.256 +14.179s 16 H (C1)


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