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.
Captain Paul O’Connell says: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/oconnell-says-ireland-need-to-be-at-their-bestKick-off for that game is at five o’clock. Meanwhile, the opening game of the day is in London as England have named an unchanged side for their clash with Italy at Twickenham, where the action gets underway at half-past two.Also in rugby, Munster are in action this evening in the Guinness Pro12.The likes of Ian Keatley and Keith Earls have returned from the Ireland camp to line-out for the visit of the Cardiff Blues.Gates at Irish Independent Park open at quarter to five so fans can catch Ireland versus France on the Big Screen before Munster take to the field at 7.35pm. France have travelled to Dublin for the second weekend of the 2015 Six Nations.After both sides emerged victorious from round one, there’s a huge amount at stake for both teams today at the Aviva Stadium.Ireland’s prospects have been boosted by the return of Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip to the starting side, while Cian Healy is on the bench.