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The 2021 Turkish Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Rolex Turkish Grand Prix 2021) was the 16th race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey between October 8 and October 10 2021.


Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in qualifying, but started in 11th with a grid penalty after taking a new engine component. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas thus led from pole position to victory in a wet race, taking his first win since the 2020 Russian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen finished second reclaiming the championship lead with Sergio Pérez in third.


Background[]

The Turkish Grand Prix, which was last held in 2011, was originally raced as a replacement event for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 28, it was announced that the Canadian Grand Prix had been canceled, and hence the Turkish race returned to the calendar as its replacement.[1]. However, on May 14, ongoing travel restrictions meant that the race was canceled again before it was held, leading to another calendar reshuffle[2]. Following the cancelation of the Singapore Grand Prix, however, the Turkish Grand Prix was announced to be reinstated into the calendar, replacing the slot.[3]

Ahead of the race, Red Bull and AlphaTauri have both announced to be running in a one-off livery as a tribute to engine suppliers Honda who are in their final season. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz Jr was also announced to be starting from the back of the grid after taking a new power unit, the same specification that was equipped on his team-mate's car in the previous round. It was also announced that the crew for the Medical Car had been replaced by Formula E safety car driver Bruno Correia and Medical Delegate Dr Bruno Franceschini as the original crew of Alan van der Merwe and his co-driver Ian Roberts have tested positive for COVID-19.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[4]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

With the threat of rain arriving as FP3 earlier was wet, all cars went out simultaneously as the session began. Eliminated from the session were Ricciardo, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen and Mazepin, with Hamilton fastest in the session. For the second time in his career, and for the first time since the 2021 French Grand Prix, Schumacher progressed into Q2.

Q2[]

Russell ran wide at the last corner on his final flying lap, and he joined Vettel, Ocon, Schumacher and Sainz out of Q2, with Sainz already due to start from last from an engine penalty. Leclerc, who spun before starting his flying lap, was able to qualify into the final session after getting slipstream from his team-mate on the backstraight.

Q3[]

Hamilton set the fastest time before Bottas nipped it by two hundredths of a second, with Verstappen shuffling behind the Mercedes duo. As the remainder waited in the pits, Hamilton had the track to himself, setting the overall fastest time of the session. With several drivers hardly improving their times at the end, Hamilton was unquestionably the fastest driver in qualifying, though with his engine penalty applied he started the race from 11th, promoting Bottas into pole position with Verstappen starting alongside him. Completing the top ten were Leclerc, Gasly, Alonso, Perez, Norris, Stroll and Tsunoda, who qualified on medium tires as opposed to the rest on softs.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 1:24.585 1 1:23.082 1 1:22.868 11*
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 6 1:25.047 2 1:23.579 2 1:22.998 1
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 2 1:24.592 3 1:23.732 3 1:23.196 2
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 4 1:24.869 7 1:24.015 4 1:23.265 3
5 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 3 1:24.704 4 1:23.817 5 1:23.326 4
6 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 8 1:25.174 5 1:23.914 6 1:23.477 5
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 5 1:24.963 6 1:23.961 7 1:23.706 6
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 1:25.138 10 1:24.642 8 1:23.954 7
9 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 13 1:25.511 9 1:24.601 9 1:24.305 8
10 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 10 1:25.409 8 1:24.054 10 1:24.368 9
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 15 1:25.787 11 1:24.795 10
12 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 12 1:25.422 12 1:24.842 12
13 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 11 1:25.417 13 1:25.007 13
14 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 14 1:25.555 14 1:25.200 14
15 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 9 1:25.177 15 No time set 19
16 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16 1:25.881 20
17 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 17 1:26.086 15
18 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 18 1:26.430 16
19 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 19 1:27.525 17
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:28.449 18
107% Time: 1:30.506
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Hamilton originally qualified pole position, but was given a 10-place grid penalty after fitting a new internal combustion engine (ICE), exceeding the quota of power unit elements.
  • Sainz and Ricciardo were required to start from the back of the grid after changing into a new power engine specification, and also for exceeding his quota of power unit elements.

Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 58 1:31:04.103 1 26FL
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 58 +14.584 2 18
3 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 58 +33.741 6 15
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 58 +37.814 3 12
5 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 58 +41.812 11 10
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 58 +44.292 4 8
7 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +47.213 7 6
8 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 58 +51.526 19 4
9 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 58 +1:22.018 8 2
10 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 57 +1 lap 12 1
11 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 57 +1 lap 16
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 57 +1 lap 17
13 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +1 lap 20
14 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 57 +1 lap 9
15 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 57 +1 lap 13
16 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 57 +1 lap 5
17 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 57 +1 lap 15
18 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 57 +1 lap 10
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 56 +2 laps 14
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 56 +2 laps 18
Source:

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Verstappen's podium meant that he reclaimed the championship lead once again from Hamilton leading by six points, though Bottas' hat-trick performance ensured that Mercedes extended their lead slightly from Red Bull in the constructors' standings. The Finn's efforts also meant that he greatly extended his advantage from Norris for third in the drivers' standings, with Perez closing into Norris with a 10-point difference.

In the constructors' standings, Ferrari closed the gap to McLaren to 7.5 points with Leclerc and Sainz' results combined.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 262.5 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 256.5 ▼1
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 177
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 145
5 Mexico Sergio Pérez 135
6 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 116.5
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc 116
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 95
9 France Pierre Gasly 74
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 58
11 France Esteban Ocon 46
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 35
13 Canada Lance Stroll 26
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 18
15 United Kingdom George Russell 16
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi 7
17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 6
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 433.5
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 397.5
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 240
4 Italy Ferrari 232.5
5 France Alpine-Renault 104
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 92
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 61
8 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 23
9 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 7

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. F1.com: Turkey to replace Canada on 2021 F1 race calendar
  2. F1.com: 2021 F1 calendar reshuffled, as Turkey drops off and extra Austria race added
  3. Motorsport.com: Turkey replaces Singapore GP on 2021 F1 calendar
  4. 2021 Turkish Grand Prix - Entry List (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 14 November 2021
  5. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
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