Max Verstappen has regained the championship lead in Lewis Hamilton’s bumpy Formula 1 race to catch up in Turkey. In the rain of Istanbul, the Red Bull driver pushed the seven-time world champion back from the top in second behind winner Valtteri Bottas. After a penalty transfer, Hamilton rescued himself doggedly from eleventh to fifth in the thrilling tire poker game.
In the World Cup standings, the Briton is now six points behind the Dutchman, who raced furiously from 20th to second in Russia two weeks ago. Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez finished third. “Haha, yes,” Bottas shouted over the pit radio.
Vettel is playing poker
In front of tens of thousands of fans, Sebastian Vettel gambled away in the Aston Martin during a pit stop when he took a risk with dry tires. He was 18th for the fourth time in a row without counters. After the best qualifying result of his career, Mick Schumacher threw back an early collision with alpine veteran Fernando Alonso in the defeated Haas. Lapped, he dragged himself across the finish line in 19th place.
“Everything is possible,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff before the red lights went out in view of the difficult weather conditions. Fog and drizzle around the Intercity Istanbul Park initially forced Hamilton & Co. to use intermediates. “I have to, I want to win the race somehow,” announced the world champion, who after an illegal engine swap was only allowed to start from eleventh instead of first.