Lance Stroll scored crucial points for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team by navigating a damp Istanbul Park to finish ninth in the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix. An early transition to dry tyres removed Sebastian from contention for a top 10 finish, with a compromised race meaning he finished in 18th.
I am happy with today’s result and I think we got everything out of the car, so it is a job well done by the team.
"I am happy with today’s result and I think we got everything out of the car, so it is a job well done by the team. It was tricky out there because the track was so slippery. There was also the challenge of the circuit drying in some places, which was causing graining of the tyres, and the question mark about a switch to slicks was always there. All things considered, ninth was the maximum we could achieve today. We lost a little bit of time during the pitstop, but I don't think it made much of a difference to our final result. I am excited to head over to the United States next because it is a chance to spend a bit of time at home in Canada before we focus on fighting for points in Austin."
The gamble did not work out today.
"The gamble did not work out today. Something inside me was calling me to try dry tyres because there was nothing left on my Intermediate tyres and I thought the dry tyres might work, even if the track was still damp. But as soon as I left the pits, I knew it was the wrong decision: there was no grip and I could not make them work. It probably cost us a point or two because we ran inside the top 10 until that moment. I was really surprised how slowly the track improved and it was similar to last year because it just did not dry out."
Lance drove superbly in incredibly tricky conditions, and, despite a slow pitstop, thereby scored two valuable world championship points.
"Lance drove superbly in incredibly tricky conditions, and, despite a slow pitstop, thereby scored two valuable World Championship points as a result of his excellent ninth-place finish. Sebastian also started well, and was running in a solid top-10 position for the first half of the race, but he then took a gamble on a change to dry tyres [Mediums] which did not work out – he had no grip at all. The very next lap he consequently had to come back in for new Inters, but by that time his race had been compromised too severely for a points-scoring finish to be a possibility. It was one of those things: a gamble that simply did not pay off, which is how it goes sometimes when conditions are so difficult."
The 2021 Turkish Grand Prix is next up for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One™ Team and ahead of the race, we're shining the spotlight on a local fan set to experience Formula One live for the first time. Arman Yetik's passion for Formula One began in 2017 and it's a path that has led him to the fan-favourite venue of Istanbul Park. This is Arman's story, in his own words.
Guide to Istanbul
Last year's Turkish Grand Prix was a step into the unknown due to limited relevant historical data. While F1 returns in 2021, making the most of every single lap will be key to predicting the weekend's events. With the help of Title Sponsor Cognizant, we've combed through the data to present the challenges expected in Istanbul.
Cognizant's Keys to the Race
The battle to the first braking point in Turkey stands in stark contrast to Russia. After a 950m run to Turn Two in Sochi, there's a Spa-like 220m blast into Turkey's pincer-like Turn One, so there will be fewer slipstreaming efforts and more focus on gaining places under braking.
Istanbul will also provide a return to the 80km/h pitlane speed limit, so it's a switch back to a more conventional 20-second time-loss per pitstop. Multiple-stop strategies in conventional race conditions are therefore more viable than last time out. With the C2, C3 and C4 Pirelli tyres on hand, it's a step softer than last year and could help strategy variance.
Last year's Turkish Grand Prix weekend took place in largely wet conditions, meaning Formula One teams still have limited dry-weather data. Expect particularly busy practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, and unknowns – such as the feasibility of overtaking – to become clearer as the weekend progresses.
After tiptoeing around a resurfaced track on Friday, and wet conditions on Saturday and Sunday last year, teams and drivers have it all to learn on a lap of Istanbul Park. Alongside our Official CyberSecurity Partner SentinelOne, we're bringing you the lowdown on the crucial parts of a lap in Turkey, as well as insight into how to hook a fast time together.
Unlocking the Lap
A short 220m run to Turn One is one of the most challenging points of the lap. With limited chances for overtaking, moves are usually made under braking – into a blind corner. It may only be the first turn, but it's crucial to get it right.
A flowing first sector then follows as drivers climb uphill before taking on another blind corner at the left-hand Turn Three.
A slaloming run downhill across Turns Four, Five and Six tests a driver's precision, but they're a warm-up act to one of the most challenging corners on the track: Turn Seven, another blind uphill corner.
Compromise your entry to this corner, and lose speed at the exit, and a driver is effectively chasing lap-time across the next sequence of turns.
Unlocking the Lap
And that's felt particularly acutely at Turn Eight, which is crucial to a successful lap of Istanbul Park because it takes up an incredible 12% of the entire lap.
A multi-apex, high-speed left-hander, Turn Eight quickly earned a reputation as one of Formula One's greatest corners.
The key to excelling in Turn Eight is entry speed: drivers target the first apex flat-out at around 260km/h (155mph), despite a slightly blind entry.
Drivers will spend around nine seconds through this corner. The second half is more straightforward – as long as you've taken a precise line and avoided the mid-corner bump while experiencing loads approaching 5G.
Once clear of Turn Eight, there's a quickfire left-right before the longest straight of the lap. Broken up by the Turn 11 kink, this section also incorporates the second DRS zone.
The lap then ends with the low-speed Turns 12, 13 and 14 chicane before it's back on the power and into the DRS zone of the main straight.
While Turkey may be a recent addition to the Formula One calendar, it's created its fair share of drama and historical moments. Global Partner NetApp delves into the Turkish Grand Prix archives, as well as its Istanbul surroundings, to bring you the best stats and facts from the country.
Turkey's Istanbul Park was one of the Formula One circuits that stepped in to help facilitate a full season last year, and does so again in 2021. With a low-grip track surface, a modern classic corner in the multi-apex Turn Eight, and memorable moments for Team Silverstone, the Turkish Grand Prix always puts on a show.
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