Turkish Grand Prix: Race start time UK, practice, qualifying results and how can I watch F1 on TV today?

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Lewis Hamilton will start from 11th on the grid at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul  (AFP via Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton will start from 11th on the grid at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul (AFP via Getty Images)

Just two points separates Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in a captivating title race as the Formula One roadshow rolls into Turkey this weekend.

After a record 100th career win in the rainy chaos of Sochi a fortnight ago that saw fellow Briton Lando Norris dramatically denied a maiden victory by the wet conditions, seven-time world champion Hamilton is hoping to limit the damage from a 10-place grid penalty in Istanbul.

The 36-year-old had to take on a fourth new engine of the season - one more than is allowed in any one campaign - though the fact that he did not need a full new power unit means he at least avoided starting from the very back.

Hamilton qualified fastest but it will be Mercedes team-mate Valteri Bottas on pole due to his ten-place grid penalty.

The Brit had been fastest in both Friday practice sessions and was in command again but will start today’s race from 11th.

Title rival Max Verstappen qualified third fastest in his Red Bull so will be promoted to second and join Bottas on the front row of the grid.

"I need to be on pole to limit the loss," said Hamilton on Friday. “The Ferrari cars are going to be hard to pass and the Alpines and the McLarens, too.

"I have a lot of work to do on Sunday, so I am just going to focus on doing the best job I can."

When is the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix?

The Turkish Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Istanbul Park in Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.

What time is the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix?

The first two practice sessions took place on Friday, with FP3 on Saturday morning.

Qualifying was at 1pm on Saturday, with the race itself beginning at the same time on Sunday afternoon.

How can I watch the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix?

TV channel: The race will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports’ Main Event and F1 channels.

Coverage of Grand Prix Sunday starts at 11:30am, with the race programme beginning at 12:55pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the action live online via the SkyGo app.

Who is on pole?

Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position in Istanbul, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton qualifying fastest but having to start from 11th due to that 10-place grid penalty for an engine change.

Qualifying result in full

1. Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes, 1 minute, 22.868 seconds.

2. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 1:22.998.

3. Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing, 1:23.196.

4. Charles Leclerc, Monaco, Ferrari, 1:23.265.

5. Pierre Gasly, France, Alphatauri, 1:23.326.

6. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Alpine, 1:23.477.

7. Sergio Perez, Mexico, Red Bull Racing, 1:23.706.

8. Lando Norris, Great Britain, McLaren, 1:23.954.

9. Lance Stroll, Canada, Aston Martin, 1:24.305.

10. Yuki Tsunoda, Japan, Alphatauri, 1:24.368.

Eliminated after second session

11. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Aston Martin, 1:24.795.

12. Esteban Ocon, France, Alpine, 1:24.842.

13. George Russell, Great Britain, Williams, 1:25.007.

14. Mick Schumacher, Germany, Haas F1 Team, 1:25.200.

Eliminated after first session

15. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Aston Martin, 1:25.787.

16. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, McLaren, 1:25.881.

17. Nicholas Latifi, Canada, Williams, 1:26.086.

18. Antonio Giovinazzi, Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing, 1:26.430.

19. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Alfa Romeo Racing, 1:27.525.

20. Nikita Mazepin, Russia, Haas F1 Team, 1:28.449.

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