“I Signed It” – Hamilton & Bottas Involved in F1 Pole Position Award Confusion at Turkish GP

Published 10/09/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas after finishing second and third respectively REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic


The high intense qualifying session for the Turkish GP is done and dusted, with Lewis Hamilton topping the timesheets. However, this time the seven-time world champion won’t have under pole position stat under his belt, as he received a grid penalty for replacing his ICE.

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Regardless, the Mercedes driver did sign a pole position tire, but with the new F1 rule, his pole position wouldn’t count. Meanwhile, his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was the second-fastest and joked about taking Lewis’ tire.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have banter over pole position tire

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Under normal circumstances, whichever driver gets the pole position in a quali session, gets a Pirelli tire. But, in the case of the Knight, it wouldn’t count as he received a 10-place grid penalty for replacing a part of his engine. Even though he signed the tire, Bottas was adamant about taking it.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates qualifying in pole position with Valtteri Bottas who qualified in second position REUTERS/Umit Bektas

After the qualifying session, the Finn joked, “I am still happily taking the tyre!”

Lewis replied, “I signed it. You can have it.”

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Will Lewis overcome his difficulties on Sunday?

The Brit must have hoped that he never received a penalty as he set the fastest lap. Regardless, the Mercedes driver is optimistic about the Turkish Grand Prix. Additionally, Hamilton is hoping that Bottas can handle the pressure since he would be leading the pack of drivers as they zip around the Istanbul Park.

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The Knight hopes to gain a few places as soon as the lights go out in Sunday’s race. He is well aware of the stakes, as he knows if he loses the Turkish GP, he will no longer be leading the title race.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Hamilton knows the grid penalty will be a massive obstacle to overcome. Nevertheless, he looks forward to the challenge and aims to push his arch-rival and title contender, Max Verstappen, to the limit in Sunday’s race.

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What are your predictions for Lewis for the race in Istanbul? Will he overcome the problems of the grid penalty and bring a stellar result for the Silver Arrows? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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