Max Verstappen fastest as heavy rain falls at Istanbul Park circuit which was described as an “ice rink”, even in the dry; Charles Leclerc second, Lewis Hamilton fails to set a time; Watch qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm By Matt MorlidgeLast Updated: 14/11/20 10:05am – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. – Advertisement – 0:33 Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. Max Verstappen set the pace in difficult wet conditions in Turkish GP final practice as heavy rainfall gave drivers even more problems on an “ice rink” of an Istanbul Park circuit that was already low on grip.The rain started on Saturday morning and got heavier through Practice Three, with Verstappen’s fastest time of a 1:48.485 coming on intermediate tyres in the Red Bull, almost a second clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.Lewis Hamilton, who completed only three laps on full wet tyres and failed to set a time, said “this is as close to driving on ice as you can get” during a session that featured spins and drifts aplenty.Water on a track which was described as “terrifying” even in dry conditions on Friday, was the last thing many drivers wanted and conditions got so bad towards the end of P3 that most decided to stay in the garage.There is, however, expected to be a break in the showers before qualifying, where an unpredictable shootout is in store.Qualifying is live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm, with build-up at 11am.More to follow.
10 months ago Dominant Vinales storms to Malaysian MotoGP victory 10 months ago Marc Marquez wins Australia MotoGP thriller as Vinales crashes Last Updated: 15th November, 2019 08:54 IST Triple MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo Retires Three-times MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who suffered a fractured spine this season, said Thursday he would retire following the Valencia Grand Prix “And then the day you retire. As you all imagine here, I’m here to announce that this day has arrived for me.” FOLLOW US READ | Rijiju Gives Cash Awards To Wushu World C’ships MedalistsLorenzo said that a series of spills earlier this season with Honda led him to consider retiring for the first time in his career. “Injuries came to play an important role in my results and my performance so I was not able to be in a normal physical condition to be fast,” he said. Lorenzo fractured his spine in two places during opening practice for the Dutch Grand Prix on June 28, bouncing into four somersaults and hitting the gravel behind his bike.READ | Before CGF Meet, Kiren Rijiju Wants India’s Position On Shooting ConsideredHe described how he was picking himself up off the gravel when he made a snap decision to quit the sport. “OK Jorge, is this really worth it after what I have achieved,” he said he asked himself. “I am done with it, I don’t want to race anymore.” Later he had a rethink and returned to the circuit but reached a final decision after mature reflection. “The truth is from that moment the hill became so big and high for me I couldn’t find the motivation to continue to climb,” he said. READ | Smog Delays Start Of Panasonic Open India Golf COMMENT First Published: 15th November, 2019 08:54 IST Written By 10 months ago BEL vs BCK Dream11: Team news, match predictions and analysis SUBSCRIBE TO US Press Trust Of India Three-times MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who suffered a fractured spine this season, said Thursday he would retire following the Valencia Grand Prix. The 32-year-old Spaniard who rides for Honda and claimed the world title in 2010, 2012 and 2015 told a press conference he was pulling out following Sunday’s Valencia race, the last grand prix of the season. The rider who was also twice crowned 250cc champion was retained for next season by Honda but has suffered from poor form and serious injuries this season.READ | ‘Boycott To Withdrawal’ IOA Still Threatens A Pullout From 2022 CWGJorge Lorenzo retires “This will be my last race in MotoGP and after this I am retiring from professional racing,” Lorenzo said. 9 months ago Spurs eye AS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini to replace Christian Eriksen: Report WE RECOMMEND “I’ve always thought there are four significant days in the life of a rider — the first one is when it’s your first race, the second one is your first win, then your first world championship — not everyone can win the world championship, but some of us made it,” Lorenzo said. LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Italy to put sustainability and climate change in school curriculum