Lewis Hamilton started the opening day for the Turkish Grand Prix in top form, setting the fastest time of the first practice. His championship rival Max Verstappen finished almost half a second behind in P2 after struggling with front-end grip through the entire session.
The Turkish Grand Prix made its return on the Formula One schedule last year and it has been drafted in as the replacement for the Japanese Grand Prix that was cancelled for the second consecutive time. The Istanbul track caused the drivers some headaches last year as the resurfaced track offered low grip while showers spiced up the action on Saturday and Sunday.
The track was seemingly in a much better condition in Free Practice 1 this morning as times were significantly better than they were last year on the opening day.
Just ahead of the first practice, Mercedes announced that it elected to fit a fresh Formula 1 engine in to Hamilton’s car. As this engine will be the fourth unit for the Briton with only three allowed for the entire season, Hamilton will take a 10-place grid penalty at Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix.
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