Hamilton very tough on Turkey: “The asphalt is awful”

Lewis Hamilton is facing the weekend that can crown him as seven-time Formula 1 champion, equaling the all-time record of Michael sSchumacher. But the day was “a bit of a disaster,” according to the Briton.

The new asphalt on the Turkish circuit was a real nightmare for the 20 drivers on the grid, who watched their cars turn into ice skates from the early stages of FP1 to almost the end of FP2.

The type of asphalt with which the surface of Istanbul Park was completed on November 7 (after starting the work on October 10) continues to release tar and that makes F1 cars skid when accelerating and high speed curves

“It was a bit of a mess today, to be honest. I don’t know, this circuit is fantastic and I don’t quite understand when millions were spent resurfacing it. I know they did it a long time ago, but they probably could have just cleaned it up, rather than wasting it all. that money. Now the circuit is worse than Portimao in terms of the new asphalt, “acknowledged Hamilton.

“The tires didn’t work. It’s like ice skating. You don’t enjoy the lap as you normally would in Istanbul Park, and I don’t see it changing this weekend.”

To add fuel to the fire, Pirelli was once again conservative and chose to carry the toughest compounds in its 2020 range, which does not help, according to Mercedes.

“It’s scary all the time. It’s like there are puddles everywhere, so you go with slicks And when you accelerate … That’s because you’re way, way below the temperature window for these tires. They are very hard and work at certain temperatures, so if you are 10-20ºC below, then they do not work, “he says.

“On other circuits with new asphalt there are more spaces between the stones, so the tires are better, but here they are very tight, smooth and shiny, and I imagine the oil seeps from the asphalt or whatever they put on it. an m ***** with a capital M “.

“Of course, if we had softer tires, it would have helped. This pick is not the best. Hard is useless; medium, like this, like this, and soft starts to improve. At Turn 8 you destroy the right wheel. But it is What there is”.

Additionally, Hamilton acknowledges that they were unable to work on the setup of the Mercedes for Turkey as they only focused on making the Pirellis work.

“I haven’t changed a single thing about the car today, because the tires don’t work, so you can’t know where the balance is. But other people seem to have been able to do it. You see that from one lap to another they have found a second because The tires work in a couple of corners. The Red Bulls are doing well and we have work to do tonight. It will be difficult, anyway, because there are fundamental things that you cannot change in the car. ”

And when it was suggested to him that it could rain on Sunday, according to the weather forecast, Hamilton replied: “Hopefully we can race, we would still have the tire problem even in the rain. It will just be cold stones from rain tires. But it will be exciting.” .

Additional information from Luke Smith

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 y Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 y Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 y Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 y Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.20

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Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16, y Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16, y Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

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Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri AT01, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 with his dog Roscoe

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 with his dog Roscoe

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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