The 36-year-old had to take on a fourth new engine of the season – one more than is allowed in any one campaign – though the fact that he did not need a full new power unit means he at least avoided starting from the very back.
Hamilton then went fastest in both opening practice sessions on Friday, going four tenths quicker than Verstappen in FP1 before later topping Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Every championship point is crucial with just seven races now left on the 2021 calendar… can Hamilton follow great rival Verstappen’s lead after the Dutchman charged through the field from 20th to finish second in Russia?
“I need to be on pole to limit the loss,” said Hamilton on Friday. “The Ferrari cars are going to be hard to pass and the Alpines and the McLarens, too.
“I have a lot of work to do on Sunday, so I am just going to focus on doing the best job I can.”
When is the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix?
The Turkish Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Istanbul Park in Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.
What time is the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix?
The first two practice sessions took place on Friday, with FP3 scheduled for between 10am-11am BST on Saturday morning.
Qualifying is then at 1pm on Saturday, with the race itself beginning at the same time on Sunday afternoon.
How can I watch the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix?
TV channel: The race will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports’ Main Event and F1 channels.
Coverage of Grand Prix Sunday starts at 11:30am, with the race programme beginning at 12:55pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the action live online via the SkyGo app.