Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were voted by the fans as the best drivers of the Turkish Grand Prix following their heroic effort to bounce back after the difficult qualifying session.
Te Maranello team’s drivers endured a very difficult qualifying session on Saturday when they were unable to progress from the middle part of the session, leaving Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc with the 12th and the 14th starting position. However, penalties for the McLaren drivers meant that they climbed up the order to start the Turkish Grand Prix from the 11th and the 12th spot.
Following their promising pace on the very slippery resurfaced Istanbul Park on Friday, the team was left puzzled over its issues in the qualifying session. However, the Italians quickly found out what the problem was and felt that it was necessary to get on top of the issue for a possibly wet race.
Having slipped back the order at the start, Charles Leclerc quickly found himself over 40 seconds off the race-leading Racing Point drivers. However, his race was transformed when he fitted a set of intermediates on which the Monegasque began to fly and climb up the order.
Following the difficult start, in the biggest part of the race, the 23-year-old was the fastest driver. In the closing stages, he hunted down Sergio Perez for the second place. On the final lap, the Monegasque tried on overtaking manoeuvre on the Mexican, but he locked a wheel, allowing his rival and even his team mate Sebastian Vettel to sneak past.
Starting from the 11th position, Sebastian Vettel quickly flew to P3 at the start, avoiding any contact with his rivals. The German could hold on in the initial phase of the race, withstanding the immense pressure from Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and looked after his intermediates tyres. The Heppenheim-born was set to finish the race in the fifth position, but the fight between Charles and Perez allowed him to sneak past his team mate and secure his first podium finish in 2020.
Here’s how the voting broke down…
Sebastian Vettel – 25.8%
Charles Leclerc – 20.3%
Lewis Hamilton – 16.7%
Sergio Perez – 8.2%
Carlos Sainz – 6.1%
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