Lewis Hamilton sets TRACK RECORD in qualifying but starts 11th after grid penalty

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Lewis Hamilton will start the Turkish GP in ELEVENTH – despite being the fastest in qualifying.

The Brit was hit with a ten-place grid deduction for an engine penalty.

And it means teammate Valtteri Bottas will instead be on pole.

Meanwhile, title rival Max Verstappen starts in second.

Hamilton said: “It really depends on what the weather we’ve got and yes, partly cautious, but also super attacking; I need to win the race somehow. So that’s my goal.

“I was already third at the end of Turn One last year, so that made a bit of a difference, but it’s a different weekend.

“My eyes are still solely set on winning the race; it’s going to be very hard from 11th, but not impossible.

“So… just making sure we’ll deliver maximum attack. It is not going to be easy to fight through, but whether there is a wheel there is a way.

“We will try and make sure it is balanced and try to minimise the damage and get as high as possible.”

Bottas noted: “I’m starting at the front so I’ll focus on my own race. It was a good session and the perfect result with Lewis’ penalty.

“I am very motivated. I have not won yet this season, so it is a big motivation for me and I need to focus on that.”

Verstappen added: “The main problem is I start second and with the low-grip I’ll probably lose out there, so it is not ideal.

“It will be difficult to keep Mercedes behind with the pace they have shown in qualifying and in the long runs, but we will try everything we can.”

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