Lando Norris thinks there is a high chance of Turn 1 “chaos” in the Turkish Grand Prix, thanks to the low-grip track surface at the Istanbul Formula 1 track.
The recent resurfacing of the circuit has left F1 drivers battling against tricky conditions all weekend, with cars sliding around and suffering spins in both the dry and the wet.
And with the surface having had no chance to rubber in thanks to the rain that affected Saturday’s running, things are expected to be just as difficult in the race.
Norris fears, however, that the lack of grip is so bad that it will be hard for drivers to avoid contact on the opening lap tomorrow after the short blast from the grid.
Asked what he expected from the race, Norris said: “I think quite a risky, difficult Turn 1 and probably quite a high possibility of a crash or something.
“We struggle just as much in the dry almost as [much as] we do in the wet, to get the tyres in at a good temperature, especially when you’re not on soft tyres.
“Also, having the warm-up lap, which is going to be the opposite of a warm-up lap, you’re going to be cooling the tyres down, and it’s kind of defeats the object of it. It is going to cause more chaos than I think everyone’s almost expecting going into Turn 1.”
The only saving grace for the start, says Norris, is that there is only a short blast down to the first corner so there will not be much chance for anyone to try and risk a dive-bomb move to gain positions.
“I don’t think you’ll necessarily see anyone diving, because there’s not going to be that high speeds,” he added.
“I think it’s very easy to make mistakes and probably lock a front tyre or let the rear snap round because the tyres are cold. So it should be exciting. You just have to try and stay out of the carnage.”
Carlos Sainz Jr agreed that things were going to be exceptionally difficult on the first lap, and the McLaren driver urged everyone to be sensible.
“I think we all know how slippery and how tricky it is out there,” said the Spaniard. “We’ve all experienced the conditions, and I think we all know what we can expect from lap one.
“So I hope that everyone just gives each other a bit more space because the mistakes could happen at any time and at any point, without really being intentional.
“These cars are extremely difficult to control with cold tyres and there could be things happening really without anybody intending it. So let’s see what happens.”
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