Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time on Friday in the first free practice for the Turkish Grand Prix.

The World Cup leader was more than four tenths faster than title rival Max Verstappen on the Istanbul Park circuit.

The Mercedes driver went around in a time of 1.24.178.

Verstappen did not get further than a 1.24,603 in his white-painted Red Bull.

Charles Leclerc was third in the Ferrari, just five tenths behind Hamilton, followed by Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes.

The Finn conceded six tenths to his leader.

Hamilton already knows that he will have to take a ten-place grid penalty on Sunday.

Mercedes has screwed a new combustion engine into the seven-time world champion's car for this weekend.

That's his fourth of the season, so one over the limit of three.

Carlos Sainz will replace his full power source and will start at the back on Sunday.

Turkey Grand Prix Timetable

  • Second free practice - Friday 2 p.m.

  • Third free practice - Saturday 11 a.m.

  • Qualification - Saturday 2pm

  • Race - Sunday 2 p.m.

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