In the round-up: George Russell is optimistic the unusual track conditions will hand Williams an opportunity this weekend, despite his grid penalty for Sunday’s race.
What they say
Russell was last in first practice at Istanbul, but moved ahead of his team mate and both Haas cars to finish second practice in 17th place. Despite carrying grid penalties for exceeding the maximum number of power unit elements, he says Friday’s running shows there is plenty for Williams to be optimistic about:
I’ve never, ever experienced a day like this in in a race car before. It’s going to be a massive window of opportunity for everybody this weekend if you get it right.
In first practice I was 15 seconds off the pace and that was actually true; we just couldn’t get the tyres working and I was 15 seconds off. Then we got the tyres working in second practice and the car was feeling great, our high-fuel pace was was really strong.
So it’s a shame we start at the back but I think there’s a glimmer of optimism because we know that if we get it right, there’s going to be seconds between cars. So it might be interesting from the TV, but it’s going to be chaos from within.
More motor racing links of interest:
Turkey rules out Vietnam’s F1 slot but still hoping for 2021 race (Reuters)
“Vural Ak, the chairman of Intercity which operates Turkey’s Istanbul Park circuit, said talks were ongoing with Formula One but ruled out the April weekend because it falls during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.”
Turkish Grand Prix: Friday recap (Haas)
“It was a strange day for everybody today, I’d say. It was very slippery, very unusual for a free practice session – but understandable. We haven’t raced here in a long time, the track was cold and damp, we really had it all. The tires, as Pirelli have said, they were not planned for such a cold event. We just need to get a grip of it, we need to use tomorrow what we’ve learned today. The prediction is rain for tomorrow – that will make it even more challenging. As we say though, challenges are opportunities. I hope we can take them.”
Istanbul Slip’n’Slide (Alfa Romeo)
“Formula One finally made its return to Turkey, but what a day it was. The Istanbul Park circuit resembled a huge ice rink courtesy of a unique combo of a cold day, brand-new tarmac and a surface wash carried out overnight. The sight of cars tip-toeing around corners they’d normally take at full speed and lapping some 11 seconds off the pace of the previous lap record was the highlight of first practice – conditions making the job of gathering data on a new track even harder than normal.”
The 300 Club (Red Bull)
“‘At the start, we might have thought, because it was an energy drink manufacturer it wouldn’t have the drive or devotion for F1 – but that was proved totally wrong,’ says Dave, whose team take some of the weight off the race team mechanics by stripping and preparing the cars in the factory. ‘I feel immensely proud – of both the original people and those that are here now. We’ve got a great bunch that have grown with the team: they’re all motivated; they all push hard; they’re all driven by the same goals.'”
Turkish Grand Prix: Free practice (AlphaTauri)
“The car performance is dominated by tyres with this new Tarmac and track temperatures, and we’re expecting similar conditions on Sunday to what we had today. “
2020/21 Formula E pre-season testing details revealed (Formula E)
“Prior to the season opener in Santiago, Chile on January 18, the championship will make its fourth visit to Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, between November 28 and December 1. Testing will take place every day with the exception of Sunday, November 30.”
Bahrain: Toyota number eight fastest in practice three while Porsche tops GTE Pro times (WEC)
“Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Brendon Hartley set a pace-setting time of 1’43.557 early in the session with the number eight Toyota TS050. Mike Conway was 0.102s adrift of Hartley’s time in the number seven car he shares with Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez”
Sir Stirling Moss OBE collection (Silverstone Auctions)
“Silverstone Auctions are proud to introduce a unique and exceptional collection of personal items belonging to the late Sir Stirling Moss, complemented by a selection of limited edition collectables and automobilia from the British racing icon.”
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