December 1, 2020


The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix (officially known as the 2020 Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Intercity Istanbul Park in Tuzla, Turkey on 15 November 2020. The race was the fourteenth round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship and the eighth round of the Grand Prix of Turkey.

For the first time since 2011, the Turkish Grand Prix has been added to the calendar. Initially, 100,000 spectators were expected to be able to attend. However, organizers announced that the Grand Prix would take place behind closed doors due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.


The drivers and teams were the same as those on the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for either the race or practice.


Pirelli brought their C1, C2, and C3 compound tyres, which were to be used by teams during the race. After Friday practice sessions, Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of Formula One tyre, admitted that Pirelli did not realize the resurfacing which had been done two weeks earlier in the race.


If Valtteri Bottas does not outpost him by 8 points, Lewis Hamilton will win the World Championship. Bottas must therefore finish in the top 6 in order to retain the opportunity to win the title. Bottas must win the race and set the fastest lap to continue the championship fight if Hamilton finishes in second place. Hamilton has matched Micheal Schumacher’s titles.


Max Verstappen finished the first practice session quickest ahead of his Red Bull team member Alexander Albon and the third most quickly on Ferrari, Charles Leclerc. Lap times were considerably lighter than anticipated when drivers stated that the track was being resurrected due to a lack of grip.

In the first stage, lap times were around ten seconds slower than in the previous Formula 1 circuit, and 20 seconds slower than expected in the qualifying.

The second session ended with Verstappen ahead of Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes. The third practice course took place in wet conditions and was concluded with Verstappen ahead of Leclerc and Albon most quickly.


In a qualification session defined by a difficult low grip track surface and damp weather, racing point driver Lance Stroll won the maiden Formula One polish of his career. It was Canada’s first pole and North America’s first pole after the pole of Jacques Villeneuve at the European Grand Prix 1997.

Max Verstappen was second in Red Bull, with Sergio Pérez’s other Racing Point in third, and Alexander Albon in fourth, with Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault in fifth, in the other Red Bull. Mercedes, the constructors’ champion, has been poorly qualified by Lewis Hamilton, who is sixth, and Valtteri Bottas, who will not have a Mercedes driver as the first pole position in 2020.

Alfa Romea’s eighth Kimi Räikkönen and tenth Antonio Giovinazzi have their best qualification of the season meanwhile. The pole position of Racing Point also was the first pole for a customer team of the Austrian Grand Prix Mercedes-engine since 2014.

Stroll and several other drivers were investigated for failing to slow down for yellow flags after a spin for a teammate in the third part of the qualifying. However, the dry track surface contributed significantly to improvements in its sector times, thus giving Stroll’s improved running time acceptable mitigation.

He was later cleared of any error because he considered that he had sufficiently slowed down for the incident under single waved yellow flags. In the first part of the qualifying for double-wave yellow flags, Lando Norris and Georges Russell were penalized for having failed to abort their lapse according to the regulations.

In the first part of the competition, Carlos Sainz Jr. was also awarded a grid penalty to prevent Pérez. After started the second qualifying segment, a review was carried out while race cars used a crane to retrieve Nicholas Latifi’s car that had spun off in the past session.


Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 1:42:19.313 6 25
2 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 58 +31.633 3 18
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 58 +31.960 11 15
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 58 +33.858 12 12
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 58 +34.363 15 10
6 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 58 +44.873 2 8
7 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 58 +46.484 4 6
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 58 +1:01.259 14 51
9 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 58 +1:12.353 1 2
10 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 58 +1:35.460 5 1
11 31 France Esteban Ocon Renault 57 +1 lap 7
12 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 57 +1 lap 16
13 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 57 +1 lap 19
14 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 57 +1 lap 9
15 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 57 +1 lap 8
16 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 57 +1 lap PL
17 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 55 13
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 49 17
Ret 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 39 PL
Ret 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 11 10
Fastest lap: United Kingdom Lando Norris (McLaren-Renault) – 1:36.806 (lap 58)