Lewis Hamilton piles pressure on himself as he admits he NEEDS to take pole position in Turkish GP qualifying to hold off title rival Max Verstappen after taking 10-place grid penalty

Lewis Hamilton has set himself the challenge of grabbing pole position on Saturday, knowing it is his best chance of escaping from the Turkish Grand Prix with his world championship dream unharmed. Hamilton has a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) but not an entire new power unit so he slides back 10 places rather than 20. Even a Hamilton victory cannot be ruled out, just as he proved when he started the 2018 race in Hockenheim in 14th place and powered through to win — albeit without a challenger of the Red Bull-Verstappen strength. ‘What a difficult race it was, so to come out on top, with no real mistakes in the race, it was an emotional day. Yesterday’s action was soporific — in fact, making the best case for the new sprint race format.

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