Follow all the action live from Istanbul Park as a tense race for the championship continues
An increasingly acrimonious rivalry between the pair sees Hamilton lead the standings by just two points, but he will have to come from behind to maintain that advantage this afternoon. The seven-time world champion was handed a 10-place grid penalty after Mercedes replaced his Internal Combustion Engine for a fourth time this season, one more change than is permitted under Formula One regulations. It means that Hamilton will start from eleventh on the grid, having been the quickest in qualifying. His Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, inherited pole position having finished 0.13 seconds behind the Briton. Verstappen will start in second on the grid with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third.
Despite his superior speed, Hamilton was wary in his analysis of his chances. “Tomorrow will be difficult but I will give it everything,” he said. “It is not the easiest overtaking at the moment and we are all on the same tyres.” Meanwhile, Verstappen said he was “pretty happy” with the Red Bull’s performance in qualifying, despite admitting they did not have the pace to compete with Mercedes in Istanbul. Follow latest updates from the race below:
Hamilton flying as he passes Norris
Hamilton is flying here, picking off his rivals one-by-one and Lando Norris is small fry for the championship leader.
That puts the number 44 car sixth, with a gap of four seconds to Pierre Gasly ahead, and 18 seconds to Valtteri Bottas in first.
Alonso also takes a penalty
A poor start is rapidly worsening for Fernando Alonso, who is now on the receiving end of a penalty himself for spinning Mick Schumacher around after dropping to the back at turn 1.
Alonso is currently down in 17th.
Hamilton moves past Stroll
Lance Stroll proves a significantly less difficult opponent for Hamilton than Tsunoda, and the Mercedes man is up to seventh at the first time of asking.
He is now less than a second behind Lando Norris in sixth.
Gasly given penalty for Alonso contact
Pierre Gasly has been given a five-second time penalty for making contact with Fernando Alonso into turn 1.
The Frenchman had complained he was sandwiched by Sergio Perez on the inside and had nowhere to go, and to be honest that penalty seems a little harsh.
Hamilton finally passes Tsunoda
After seven laps stuck behind Yuki Tsunoda, Lewis Hamilton has finally passed the Japanese driver with a gorgeous, patient move around the long outside line at turn 3.
Lance Stroll is next on the hit-list.
Sainz making good progress
Carlos Sainz started 19th but is up to 13th already and has dispatched George Russell and Kimi Raikkonen most recently with smart moves around the circuit’s slower corners in the final sector.
He’s finding it easier than anybody out there to move through the field in the damp conditions.
Hamilton stuck behind Tsunoda
Lewis Hamilton remains stuck behind Yuki Tsunoda in ninth, with the Japanese driver making his Alpha Tauri as wide as possible to block any move from the seven-time world champion.
Sister team Red Bull will pleased about that, no doubt.
Alonso hits Schumacher
After dropping towards the back of the field Fernando Alonso has now made contact with a second driver, clumsily side-swiping Mick Schumacher’s Haas after he attempted the overtake.
The young German spins out and Alonso goes through.
Perez, Norris and Hamilton making strides
Hamilton is now up to ninth after passing Sebastian Vettel and is all over the gearbox of Yuki Tsunoda.
Meanwhile, Sergio Perez has passed Pierre Gasly to go fourth and Lando Norris is ahead of Lance Stroll in sixth.
Race is underway and Alonso spins!
Pierre Gasly makes contact with Fernando Alonso at turn 1 and spins him around! Bottas still leads and Verstappen remains second.
Hamilton is up to tenth.