Hamilton fastest, Bottas on Turkish pole
Lewis Hamilton has qualified quickest for the Turkish Grand Prix but a 10-place grid penalty for the Formula One championship leader has handed pole position to his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton's title rival Max Verstappen, two points behind the Briton with seven races remaining, qualified third for Red Bull and will join Bottas on the front row at Istanbul Park on Sunday.
Saturday's pole was a first for Bottas since Portugal in May, and the 18th of his career, but Hamilton was fastest in every phase of qualifying after taking the hit for a new engine that exceeded his season's allocation.
And the champion hasn't ruled out the prospect of making a charge from 11th on the grid to win his 101st grand prix.
Hamilton, who won in Turkey last year in wet and slippery conditions, after starting sixth, promised "maximum attack".
"My eyes are still solely set on winning the race. It's going to be very hard, from 11th, but not impossible ... so just staying on my toes and making sure that we deliver maximum attack tomorrow."
Hamilton has three other Red Bull drivers ahead of him on the grid, with Verstappen's Mexican team mate Sergio Perez on the third row while Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda, from Red Bull's sister team AlphaTauri, are fourth and ninth.
Hamilton said he would just take it one step at a time, and had to get through the opening lap safely first from his midfield position.
"If I can be higher up early on, then great. I've got to stay out of trouble of course, and that will be probably my priority initially, and then see if it's possible to pick them off one by one."
"Tomorrow is going to be difficult but I'll give it everything."
Verstappen took a grid penalty at the previous race in Russia and finished second after starting at the back of the field, his progress helped after late rain caused problems for others.
Verstappen struggled with the setup in Friday practice, with the track far grippier than last year's slippery surface, but said the team had made "a decent recovery.
"Tomorrow, lining up in second, let's wait and see what the weather will do, but overall I'm pretty happy," said the Dutch 24-year-old.
"Let's see how competitive we will be in the race. The tyre wear seems quite high around the track, but it's quite fun to drive."
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will share the second row with AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly, who will be expected by Red Bull to make life difficult for Hamilton as a driver for their sister team.
Double world champion Fernando Alonso, for Alpine, and Verstappen's Mexican team mate Sergio Perez line up together on row three and will also be hard to get past.
McLaren's Lando Norris, on pole in Russia and leading until the final laps, was eighth fastest.
But his Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, had a disappointing afternoon, finishing 16th after Ferrari's Carlos Sainz kept him out of the second qualifying phase right at the end.
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