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F1 starting grid: Valtteri Bottas claims pole in qualifying at Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton penalized 10 spots

Formula One racing is headed to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set Sunday’s race at the Istanbul Park Circuit.

A general view of the track action during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Kenan Asyali - Pool/Getty Images

Final starting grid results: Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time, but an engine penalty means he has to take a 10-position penalty and will start 11th on Sunday. Valtteri Bottas finished second behind Hamilton and will take the pole position for the first time since the Portugese Grand Prix back in May. Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly will join him on the front row.

Stage 2 qualifying results date: The second stage concluded and Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Ocon, George Russell, Mick Schumacher, and Carlos Sainz, Jr. were all eliminated and slot into 11-15 in the starting grid. Lewis Hamilton once again had the fastest time and put some distance between himself and No. 2 Valtteri Bottas heading into the final stage of qualifying.

Stage 1 qualifying results date: The first stage is a wrap and Daniel Ricciardo, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Räikkönen, and Nikita Mazepin were eliminated. Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time around the track, edging out Max Verstappen by .007 seconds in the first stage of qualifying.

Formula One racing has arrived in Istanbul this weekend for the Turkish Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at the Istanbul Park Circuit, getting underway at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

On Saturday, qualifying will take place at 8 a.m., also on ESPN2. The 20 drivers will face off for an hour of racing to establish the fastest time and secure pole position. F1 qualifying is broken up into three stages with the last five positions determined, then the next five, and then the top ten. The first 20 minutes will eliminate five drivers and the next 15 minutes will eliminate five more. The remaining ten compete in the third qualifying round for pole position in Sunday’s race.

There’s a clear distinction in the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for who will be the fastest qualifier. Defending race champion Lewis Hamilton is installed as the favorite at +100, followed by Max Verstappen at +135. Valtteri Bottas is +600, and then it’s a big drop to Charles Leclerc at +1800. Lando Norris, who claimed the pole in the Russian Grand Prix two weeks ago, is +2200 to claim the pole for a second straight week.

Here is the full entry list for Saturday’s Turkish Grand Prix as qualifying gets underway. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2021 Turkish Grand Prix, starting grid

Position Driver Car No.
Position Driver Car No.
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 77
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 33
3 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 10
4 Fernando Alonso Alpine F1 Team 14
5 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing 11
6 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 16
7 Yuki Tsunoda Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 22
8 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team 18
9 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 4
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team 5
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 44
12 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 31
13 George Russell Williams Racing 63
14 Mick Schumacher Uralkali Haas F1 Team 47
15 Carlos Sainz, Jr. Scuderia Ferrari 55
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren F1 Team 3
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 6
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 99
19 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 7
20 Nikita Mazepin Uralkali Haas F1 Team 9