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RECAP: Hamilton quickest in FP1 at Istanbul

Lewis Hamilton at the Turkish GP. Credits: Mercedes (Twitter).

Lewis Hamilton has set the fastest lap time of the opening free practice session of the Turkish GP.

The Turkish GP race weekend started on Friday morning with the first free practice at Istanbul Park.

The session began and the drivers rushed to the race track. Lewis Hamilton got the early lead in the practice with his lap of 1:27.439. Charles Leclerc was very close to the Briton, while Pierre Gasly followed the Ferrari driver.

Max Verstappen left the pits in his white Red Bull for the first time and the Dutchman immediately went to the top of the timesheets. However, this did not last long as Hamilton and Norris went quicker.

Track limits were enforced at turns 6 and 14. Kimi Raikkonen and Carlos Sainz were among the drivers that went too wide in these sections and violated the rule.

Alpine had good form in the first half of the session as Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso were 2nd and 4th respectively. At the same time, Hamilton improved his lap time by a quarter of a second. Eventually, his title rival Verstappen came back to the top 3.

The drivers kept setting lap times, but there were no significant changes upfront. Hamilton topped the session after getting a new engine. Verstappen and Leclerc followed him in the top 3.

The results of the F1 Turkish GP FP1:

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:24.178
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+0.425
3Charles LeclercFerrari+0.476
4Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.664
5Carlos SainzFerrari+0.682
6Esteban OconAlpine+0.731
7Lando NorrisMcLaren+1.169
8Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+1.204
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine+1.205
10Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing+1.281
11George RussellWilliams+1.507
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+1.572
13Sebastian VettelAston Martin+1.632
14Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing+1.635
15Nicholas LatifiWilliams+1.685
16Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing+1.755
17Lance StrollAston Martin+2.183
18Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+2.246
19Mick SchumacherHaas+2.458
20Nikita MazepinHaas+2.841
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