“It’s shit with a capital S.”- Lewis Hamilton on Istanbul track, which gave much trouble to all teams as the cars slipped during FP 1 & 2.
There would hardly be anyone on the paddock on Friday, who would be happy with the conditions on the track and Lewis Hamilton is apparently among the most furious ones.
The Mercedes driver blasted the track officials for the unrequited restoration of the track and said the conditions were abysmal which prevented cars to bring the best out for themselves.
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 13, 2020
“This track is such a fantastic circuit, and I really don’t fully understand when they spend millions to redo a surface,” said Hamilton, who was fourth fastest in practice for a weekend set to crown him a champion for a record-equalling seventh time.
“They probably could have just cleaned it maybe, instead of waste all the money,” added the Mercedes driver. “The tyres aren’t working, and you see it. It’s like an ice-rink out there.”
“You don’t get quite the enjoyment of the lap as you would normally get of Istanbul, and I don’t see that changing. It’s terrifying the whole way around. It’s almost like there are wet patches all over…”
“The older circuits… it’s much more open between all the stones, so it works the tyre more, whereas this one is super closed and flat and shiny and I guess the oil seeps from the tarmac I guess, or whatever they put down, it’s shit with a capital S.” he said.
Rain going to do further damage
The weather reports from the area predict a certain degree of rain on both days, which could add to the slide already acquired by the track. Moreover, the soft tyre is appearing to be the most vulnerable on the track.
Hence, giving a huge problem for qualifying, where the use of these tyres is crucial. Now, it remains upon officials what they will do to improve the status of the track.