Lewis Hamilton struggles to 15th in Turkish Grand Prix first practice on weekend he hopes to land seventh title… but all drivers left frustrated with ‘incredibly slippery’ track as Max Verstappen goes quickest in Istanbul

Lewis Hamilton’s bid to win his record equalling seventh world championship on Sunday got off to a frustrating start after struggling to 15th in opening practice for the Turkish Grand Prix. The Brit would be able to secure the championship should he win at Istanbul but along with the rest of the grid suffered from the very low grip around the circuit in the weekend’s opening session. Despite the largely dry track enabling drivers to run on slick tyres, the low temperatures and lack of grip made the track so slippery that the fastest time of 1:35.077 set by Max Verstappen was over 10 seconds down on the lap record set by Juan Pablo Montoya by McLaren 15 years ago.

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