Tough qualifying for Mercedes in Istanbul

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start the Turkish Grand Prix from P6 on the grid. Valtteri Bottas finished a wet qualifying session in P9. Both cars were struggling to get enough temperature into the tyres to generate grip in treacherous weather conditions at the Intercity Istanbul Park.

“It was so challenging out there today and we were all struggling, but for whatever reason some people could switch on the tyres better than us. We were limited on tyre temperatures and just couldn’t find the grip we needed.

We tried our hardest and did the best we could, but this was the fastest that we could drive today. It’s going to be a challenge tomorrow and I think we’ll find it hard to get the tyres to work, but I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”, said L. Hamilton.

Meanwhile, V. Bottas said that all weekend was tricky: “But today was particularly challenging. We have a great car, but in the end it’s the tyres that connect the car to the ground – and if you can’t get the tyres to work and you don’t generate any grip, it doesn’t matter how strong your car is.

The teams that managed to get the tyres to work ended up at the top and we clearly didn’t do a good enough job on that front today. I really struggled on the Inters in Q3 as I just couldn’t get any temperature into them at all. It’s not the grid position I wanted, but I’m looking forward to the race. I know I have nothing to lose.”

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