LEWIS HAMILTON is looking to bag a record seventh world title as he goes for glory in the Turkish Grand Prix.

Hamilton will secure the title in Istanbul on Sunday if team-mate Valtteri Bottas does not outscore him by more than seven points.

  • Practice 3 time: 9am
  • Qualifying: midday

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • sstreet

    'LIKE AN ICE RINK'

    Lewis Hamilton was less than impressed with the surface on Istanbul's track.

    He said: “It was a bit of a disaster today, to be honest.

    “This track is such a fantastic circuit and I really don't fully, fully understand when they spend millions to redo a surface of a track.

    “I know it had been sitting around for a long time [without any racing] so they probably could have just cleaned it maybe instead of waste all the money.

    “And now the track is worse than Portimao was when we had the brand-new surface there. So for us at least the tyres aren't working.

    “You see it, it's like an ice rink out there so you don't get quite the enjoyment of the lap you would normally get of Istanbul. I don't see that changing.

    “It's terrifying the whole way around. It's almost like there's wet patches all over. As you're on the slicks, you're accelerating and it just goes so fast because you're way, way below the temperature window.”

  • Ben Hunt

    FP2 IS DONE

    Verstappen leads the way for Red Bull, Leclerc keeps Ferrari's hopes of a revival alive with a solid second. Bottas in P3 and Hamilton in P4.

  • Ben Hunt

    13 MINS TO GO

    The teams are now nearing the end of their programmes. No major issues for anyone mechanically in this session, but tyres still proving difficult.

  • Ben Hunt

    MERC IMPROVING

    It has been a scrappy session but you can slowly see Mercedes getting on top of this track.

    It is dirty and dusty and very slippery but after a difficult FP1, they are slowly climbing up the timesheets in FP2.

    Bottas is in third and Hamilton in fourth place.

  • Ben Hunt

    ANOTHER SPIN FOR RUSSELL

    The Williams man loses control and slides into a spin. There is comparatively little downforce on that car, so no wonder he is struggling more than others.

  • Ben Hunt

    VETTEL LOCKS UP

    And his tyres are instantly destroyed. This is proving to be extremely tricky out there.

    It is Leclerc, Verstappen, Albon, Hamilton, Gasly, Vettel, Norris, Bottas in the pecking order.

  • Ben Hunt

    FERRARI GOING WELL

    Now this is a surprise as we have aFerrari in P1 and P2. They seem to be fairing better on the low-grip surface than the Mercedes due.

    Hamilton in P4 and Bottas in P6.

    Early days yet, though…

  • Ben Hunt

    ONE HOUR TO GO

    Albon is again looking quick in P1.

    The Red Bull man desperately needs a good weekend here. And so far things are going smoothly enough.

  • Ben Hunt

    TYRES ARE PROVING A PROBLEM HERE

    This morning it was all too slippery, not the tyres are not lasting as long as these should.

    Worth remembering that when Red Bull last won here, Vettel did FIVE pitstops.

    Could we see more stops on Sunday? Hope so.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP2 IS GO

    And there is plenty of action on track. Bottas is top of the time sheets.

    Hamilton is in P2 having recovered from this morning lack of running.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP1 IS DONE – VERSTAPPEN TOPS THE SESSION

    It is a Red Bull 1-2 as Verstappen leads Albon. It is the Milton Keynes-based team's 300th F1 GP this weekend.

    Leclerc a surprise in P3 and Gasly P4.

    Hamilton was only 15th quickest.

  • Ben Hunt

    TWO MINS TO GO

    Alex Albon is the quickest man on track, followed by Leclerc and then Vettel.

  • Ben Hunt

    A WORD ON THE CHAMPION

    He has spent the majority of this session in the team's garage but Lewis Hamilton is now out on the track.

    He's comfortably inside the top 10 having done half the number of laps as everyone else. He's left it late in the hope that the track improves.

  • Ben Hunt

    SO THAT SMALL FAULT…

    Sainz now stops on track.

    Perhaps that small fault was not as small as McLaren first thought.

    His car is being pushed backwards by the marshals to the escape road – although now it appears stuck.

  • Ben Hunt

    UPDATE ON SAINZ

    McLaren say he has a small electrical issue on his car. Nothing major to worry about.

  • Ben Hunt

    A LITTLE OVER 35 MINUTES TO RUN

    And Bottas is topping the session. The Finn needs to outscore Hamilton by eight points this weekend to take the title fight to Bahrain.

    That's a big ask…

    Verstappen in P2, Leclerc P3 and Vettel in P4.

    Where is Hamilton?

    He is currently bottom of the timesheets as he has not set a time yet. He's waiting for the track to clean up.

  • Ben Hunt

    SAINZ TOLD TO PIT

    Problem for the McLaren man as his engineer sounds panicked: “Scenario One. We have some things to check on the engine.”

  • Ben Hunt

    WE KNOW THIS NOW, BUT…

    Why does F1 not put on some support races, especially with these tracks that have not been used for years?

    We are 30 minutes into the session and only now can you see the racing line being marked as the rubber is laid down.

    Surely a local racing event would help clean things up quicker.

  • Ben Hunt

    LOTS OF SLIDING

    Just two drivers have been able to put in timed laps – Bottas and Vettel. The rest are still tip-toeing around the circuit looking for grip.

  • Ben Hunt

    SESSION RESTARTED

    But it is all too difficult to keep the cars on on the track. This is going to be a fun session.

    Bottas is the latest driver to slide off track.

  • Ben Hunt

    RED FLAG

    We have a cone down and the session has been stopped.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP1 IS GO

    And birthday boy Lando Norris is first out.

    Max Verstappen also hits the track. He laughs over the radio and says “It is like driving on ice”.

    That will be the dirty track I was mentioning.

    And if Max says it is difficult, then you can be sure it is.

  • Ben Hunt

    FP1 IS ALL SET

    Beautiful day here in Turkey. It is sunny and a little crisp, just 14 degrees but should be warming up nicely later.

    This track is looking in excellent state, yes a little dirty given F1 has not been here since 2011, plus it has recently been resurfaced, the the surface will need some scrubbing up.

  • James Orr

    Can Hamilton seal his seventh world title this weekend in Turkey?

  • James Orr

    RACE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND

    Today

    • Practice 1 – 8am
    • Practice 2 – midday

    Tomorrow

    • Practice 3 – 9am
    • Qualifying – midday

    Sunday

    • Race – 10.10am

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