Turkish GP: Horrendous conditions in FP3 throw qualifying into doubt

A slippery track and increasingly heavy rain created another difficult free practice, with Max Verstappen’s fastest time 20 seconds slower than 2011 pace.

If conditions continue then qualifying could be postponed with the rain and track surface combining to make grip level close to non-existant.

Initially, the problems of Friday continued as the oily, resurfaced track caused drivers to spin – most drivers starting out on intermediate tyres.

However, the rain that had been drizzling for most of the session got progressively heavier and all the cars returned to their garages just over halfway through, staying there until ten minutes to go.

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With ten minutes to go a few cars headed out, most notably Daniil Kvyat who’d struggled during the session.

He was joined on track by his teammate and the two Alfa Romeos in very wet conditions, while the two Mercedes also headed out with just a few minutes left in the session.

Verstappen was again the fastest, making it a clean sweep of practice sessions this weekend. Charles Leclerc and Alex Albon completed the top three that’s been familiar this weekend, while Esteban Ocon and Lando Norris rounded out the top five – Norris again the highest-placed Brit.

Sebastian Vettel, the last Turkish GP winner, completed the most laps in sixth. The German ran 14 laps, one of three drivers to hit double figures and the only one in the top ten to do so.

Notably, the two Williams just completed one lap each which could put them on the back foot for qualifying while Lewis Hamilton also didn’t set a time, completing three laps.

His teammate Valtteri Bottas was eighth, making it the first time in a long time that neither Mercedes has run in the top five.