Haas F1 Team Turkish Grand Prix Qualifying Recap

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Event: Qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix – Saturday October 9
Location: Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul
Layout: 5.338-kilometer (3.316-mile), 14-turn circuit
Weather: Mostly Cloudy
Air Temps: 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit)
Track Temps: 21 degrees Celsius (69.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:22.868) *Takes 10-spot grid penalty for ICE change
Result: Mick Schumacher (MSC) qualified 14th, Nikita Mazepin (MAZ) qualified 20th
 Notes: MAZ to start 19th – after grid penalty applied to Sainz (PU Change)
Schumacher: 13th overall (1:32.228), 23 laps completedMazepin: 17th overall (1:33.425), 14 laps completedFastest: Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri (1:30.447)
18-minute session with all 20 drivers – Top 15 advance to Q2Schumacher: 14th overall (1:25.555) – Advanced to Q2Mazepin: 20th overall (1:28.449)Fastest: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:24.585) 
15-minute session featuring the Top 15 from Q1 – Top 10 advance to Q3Schumacher: 14th overall (1:25.200)Fastest: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:23.082) 
12-minute session featuring the Top 10 from Q2Fastest: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:22.868) Second: Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (1:22.998)
Uralkali Haas F1 Team drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin qualified 14th and 20th, respectively, for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at Intercity Istanbul Park.
Nikita Mazepin exited qualifying in P20 after Q1 – the opening knockout round, while teammate Mick Schumacher progressed to Q2 courtesy of P14 in a frantic session. With the threat of rain imminent, little time was wasted and both Schumacher and Mazepin successfully ran three new sets of Pirelli P Zero Red soft tires in Q1. 
Track conditions remained tricky after the earlier rain shower which blighted final practice. Schumacher set his best lap of 1:25.555 on his final tour – moving on to Q2 for the second time in his rookie year in P14. Mazepin’s last lap was his quickest, a 1:28.449 to place 20th overall – however, the Russian will start P19 on the grid with Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz starting last following a grid penalty for a PU change. 
Schumacher joined the top 15 competing in Q2, the German setting a fastest lap of 1:25.200 to secure P14 on the timesheets – equaling his highest grid start of the season from the Russian Grand Prix.
P1 went to Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes with a charging lap of 1:22.868 in Q3 – the reigning World Champion beating out teammate Valtteri Bottas by .130 of a second. Bottas will inherit the pole on Sunday with Hamilton taking a 10-spot grid penalty for an ICE change.
“I went out there and obviously the grip was good enough on most of the track for the slick tires but Turn 1 caught me out so we boxed from that set and then I wasn’t really sure where to push, how to push. In these conditions I was caught out as we expected the rain to come so I had two laps to do, but obviously the rain didn’t come. I needed to do a lap and I did a lap, but it wasn’t good enough today.”
“Those tricky conditions were fun to drive, I enjoyed it and I think we as a team took the right decisions at the right time. We analyzed it properly, we went through all the steps we usually do and found the right set-up for the right conditions. It’s gone well from FP1, it’s been a nice feeling on track in the car so I’m happy. We got to drive, show our performance and I think maybe we even had a tenth or two in there. Tomorrow, hopefully we’re able to keep the position or even be a bit further forward.”
“All in all, a good day for the team today with getting Mick into Q2 and participating in it, unlike last time where he couldn’t. He shows with hard work – even if your car is not as good – you can still achieve results. Everyone did a great job, Mick driving and the team making no mistakes in a difficult situation with the rain coming and going, everything was done right. For Nikita, we tried our best but he just doesn’t get along with Turn 1 here. When he was on a fast lap, his time was disallowed because of exceeding track limits in Turn 1 so he couldn’t get a complete lap in. The team did a good job today and what more can you wish for at the moment.”

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