Rain turns Turkish Grand Prix FP3 into driving on ice

Rain turns Turkish Grand Prix FP3 into driving on ice

16/11/2020

Rain on a slippery track turned Saturday's final practice for the Turkish Grand Prix into the equivalent of driving on an ice rink with cars sliding and spinning and lap times completely meaningless.

"This is as close to driving on ice as you can get," commented Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who is poised to clinch his record-equalling seventh world championship in Sunday's race at Istanbul Park.

"I would have more grip on the ice," said AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat over his car radio.

Verstappen did six laps and set his best time of one minute 48.485 seconds early on, his time more than 23 seconds off Sebastian Vettel's 2011 pole position lap of 1:25.049.

Hamilton, 85 points ahead of sole title rival and Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas with four races remaining, did not set a time and was last on the list.

The Briton, who had been strongly critical of the newly resurfaced track on Friday, ventured out to test the conditions only on full wet tyres.

"There's just no grip out here," said Hamilton.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was second fastest, after bumping Renault's Esteban Ocon into a spin, with Verstappen's team mate Alexander Albon third.

"It??ôs very slippery for sure," Leclerc told his team. "But if we have this in the race we need to train and you know I want some practice in these conditions."

"It's a challenge... even more of a challenge than yesterday," said McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl after his drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris went off, with the latter spinning.

"I cannot take this," said the Spaniard, who felt the session should have been stopped.

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