Lewis Hamilton has qualified in second place for tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix – despite shredding his tyres in the final practice session.
The McLaren driver and his team mate Jenson Button, who starts from fourth spot, were both on soft tyres for the third and final part of qualifying.
But it was Red Bull’s Mark Webber who stormed to his third consecutive pole position around the Istanbul Park circuit this afternoon.
It was a great result for Hamilton considering that morning he skidded off the track and shredded his McLaren’s tyres in a final practice session.
He had to be pushed out of the gravel at the tricky turn eight and nursed his car back to the pits with flat rear tyres and the front ones almost worn through with the tread flapping around.
The former world champion, who has yet to win a race this season, said following his team’s best qualifying performance of the season so far: “I’m happy with the balance of the car and we have a good opportunity tomorrow.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team