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Turkish Grand Prix live stream: How to watch the F1 qualifying online and on TV today

The Independent
The Independent
 2021-10-09

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Qualifying at the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix is set to be scintillating this afternoon, as the fight for the Drivers’ Championship between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen takes another intriguing turn.

Hamilton will take a ten-place grid-penalty after changing the MGU-H in his Mercedes power unit for this weekend, meaning that he desperately needs to limit the damage by qualifying right at the top of the order if he is to stand a chance of scoring strong points at Istanbul Park.

With eight races left to go, there is precious little margin for error as both drivers go wheel-to-wheel in one of the most sensational title fights in years.

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McLaren will be looking to recover from the heartbreak of Lando Norris’ near-miss last time out at Sochi, with his pole-position in Russia and Daniel Ricciardo’s win in Italy a couple of races back proving that the papaya outfit have taken significant steps forward with their car since the summer break.

Further down the grid, Fernando Alonso is on an impressive run of form and points scoring in the Alpine, while Carlos Sainz will be starting from the back of the grid on Sunday as a result of an engine change.

When is the Turkish Grand Prix qualifying?

Qualifying will start at 1pm BST on Saturday 9 October.

How to watch on TV

Qualifying will air live on Sky Sports F1, with coverage beginning at 12pm BST.

How to watch online

Existing Sky Sports customers live stream the race via the Sky Go app on a variety of devices.

NOW customers can watch the race through their £9.99 Day Membership or for a Monthly Membership of £33.99, all without a contract. NOW is available via BT Sport and on most smart TVs, phones and consoles.

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What happened last time out?

Lewis Hamilton took victory at a rain-soaked Sochi, overtaking leader Lando Norris late on.

Max Verstappen started at the back but managed to come home in second-place in the rain, while Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz rounded-out the podium.

What are the standings?

Verstappen currently trails Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship by just two points, while Mercedes lead the Constructors’ Championship by 33 points to Red Bull.

Prediction

Hamilton was fastest in both of Friday’s qualifying sessions, and could well limit the damage caused by his engine penalty by qualifying fastest here. Verstappen will run him very close, and Norris could well be the nearest man to the two title challengers in third.

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