Schedule, expectations for the Turkish Grand Prix. Hello Formula 1 Hangover friend, welcome to another video, I'm Matheus Pucci and let's talk about the Turkish Grand Prix that takes place this weekend every October 10th, more specifically that I'll even tell you right away the times for you to be aware of, a chart with the times should appear in the corner of the screen. On Friday we will have the first free practice at 5:30 am, on Friday also the second free practice at 9 am, on Saturday there is the third free practice at 6 am and the classification at 8: 30 in the morning I believe that 8:30 5:30 is actually the time that the Band puts that the race will start broadcasting, the classifications etc should start there for example the classification on Saturday at 9 am probably generally that's how it works they put it half an hour earlier here on the grid to show you when the broadcast starts.
And also the race on Sunday at 8:30 am which should be the broadcast time so it's 9 am the race then the broadcast starts at 8:30 but anyway These are the times of the Turkish Grand Prix that will be held at that circuit that is already a bit like the classic Istanbul that has 5338 meters, pole position last year was Lance Stroll you remember that conditions were very adverse at that time and Lewis Hamilton came out as the winner of the race, with Lando Norris making the best lap . In case you don't remember Turkey was left out of the Formula 1 calendar for a long time having big prizes there from 2005 to 2011 and then others only in 2020 and so our expectations are actually based on nothing because last year circumstances were fine different from normal and so we don't know which car is best suited to this track, we don't know if it's Mercedes, if it's Red Bull so the expectation actually and even maybe unpredictable because the unpredictable has become revisable in 2021, we already had Williams' power, Alpine's victory, McLaren's victory, the season is very different from normal and we certainly hope in Turkey that it maintains this pattern even more, since it's a track that the first two sectors you you need a well balanced car for some high speed corners and also some hard braking, while in the third sector you already have a really long stretch of acceleration there that is followed by some a few corners to the finish line, so it has that mix, it 's a Grand Prix that has a mix of what's needed in a car, in setting up a car so that it gets the best possible performance.
Will you give Mercedes? Will you give Red Bull? I have no idea but it is clear that the dispute between Verstappen and Hamilton draws attention, they are two that separate in the championship and according to the article that came out these days, Wolff has already said that he does not know if Hamilton will change the engine in Istanbul. They're still analyzing and this change can be made even at the last minute, sometimes it's just before the qualy that then Hamilton doesn't even participate in the quali too, in order to save this new engine. So, we don't know the team's strategies, it's clear that at first Hamilton has the disadvantage. Why the downside? Because if he changes the engine and starts from the back of the platoon together with Carlos Sainz, the video is even there on the Hangover Express talking about Ferrari, and if he doesn't change the engine, he ends up with an outdated engine, a power unit that doesn't it will be at its best, it will not be at the same speed, with the same capacity and at risk of breaking at any time, we have to say that too Verstappen has a new unit and this new unit was only used at the grand prix in Russia in which he got the 2nd place, he managed to minimize damage in the world championship a lot, that's why many people, when they point to this season's finale as a favorite, end up saying it's Max Verstappen because of the engine and also some tracks like Brazil and Mexico which tend to favor Red Bull because of its altitude, the way the Honda engine ends up behaving on these tracks is better than the Mercedes.
But, anyway, coming back here to Turkey we know that the duel also has McLaren and Ferrari is very close and Ferrari has been improving their car on unbraked tracks, this means that we can once again have a very cool battle between Ferrari and McLaren who are disputing this third place of manufacturers despite McLaren have a car a little more balanced for the different circumstances, for the different types of layout that F1 has in its calendar. Ferrari was very attached to locked circuits like Monaco, for example, because its suspension, which allows them to have a great performance on the zebras, makes them have the advantage of passing the zebra without feeling so much impact, achieving more speed but it has tracks for medium and high speed Ferrari tends to suffer a little and they have an engine upgrade, developing a technology to try to minimize this giving and fight McLaren in a stronger way in the championship, in order to really look for something different. Other points to keep an eye on in this Grand Prix obviously that mid-platoon fight we talked about a long time ago but Williams alone yesterday in the Hangover Express, when I say yesterday I say Monday, did you see that Williams didn't it's only George Russell but the Williams car has also improved and this already a consensus in Paddock Williams itself has identified that their car is packaged but robust, a more complete package than in previous years which is also not very difficult to do, by the way, but you combine this with the great performances of George Russell and you have a car that is fighting there for points and even getting podiums, it is also worth saying that Latifi is starting to get good results and adding points then Williams' car, which shows once again, which proves once again that this car has evolved, it's a car that could be that next year, as everything starts from scratch, it could be moving a little bit later.
Further on we never know, but Albon and Latifi have a much more interesting package in their hands in 2022. But Williams would be the team because I would keep an eye out and of course you always have those who can surprise with Alpha Tauri with Gasly or sometimes there Alpine with Alonso who in general has been the most dangerous driver in the season so far, after Alonso took the car's hand it took off and Ocon has had some difficulty keeping up with the Spaniard. But at this point I would say to you that Hamilton and Verstappen live at a crucial moment in the season, this dispute is at a point where any slip, any point you miss, any race you don't perform at your best can directly influence in the championship, if at the beginning of the season there was that speech 'there are still 20 races to go, everything is fine', now we know that the speech is the opposite, they need to maximize points to win this race because now it is a crucial period, it's the final stretch and each grand prix can decide the 2021 world championship.
So, what do you think will end up happening in this Grand Prix, will Verstappen, Hamilton, will there be an upset? Any other pilots? Speak in the comments there, don't forget to sign up and activate the bell for more news, information, debates here in the world of Formula 1. A big hug, thanks and talk..