Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap and went top of the timesheets in FP1 at Istanbul Park, leaving championship rival Max Verstappen four-tenths behind in P2.
Conditions this year were noticeably kinder to drivers than in 2020, with the track having been water-blasted to provide more grip, and as a result times were markedly quicker.
FP1 REPORT: Hamilton leads Verstappen in opening Turkish Grand Prix practice session
While Hamilton set the pace, he also has a 10-place grid penalty to contend with on Sunday, and it was Red Bull’s Verstappen who was second in the opening session – with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc not too far behind…
Watch the FP1 highlights from the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix in the video player above.