A livid Lewis Hamilton surrendered the world championship result in Max Verstappen after ending fifth on the Turkish Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas took the chequered flag at a moist Istanbul Park forward of Verstappen and Sergio Perez, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc fourth.
However Hamilton, who began solely eleventh after an engine penalty, pointed the finger at his Mercedes group for placing him on to new tyres within the closing phases.
Hamilton was on track to complete third with the identical rubber he began the race on, earlier than Mercedes’ safety-first method.
Hamilton questioned the choice to cease and snapped “depart me alone” when race engineer Peter Bonnington knowledgeable him of the hole to Pierre Gasly in sixth. “S***, man, why did you hand over that place?” he added.
Had Hamilton completed third, he would have been a sole level behind Verstappen. Because it stands, he’s now six factors adrift.
Hamilton certified quickest right here, however was thrown again 10 locations after he incurred a grid penalty for taking over his fourth engine of the marketing campaign.
The world champion hoped it might rain, and his needs had been answered with persistent drizzle within the hours earlier than the race creating a moist observe.
A chaotic begin was anticipated however Fernando Alonso was the one sufferer after he was tagged by Gasly. The double world champion referred to as the Frenchman “silly”.
Gasly was handed a five-second penalty, whereas Alonso was later dealt the identical punishment after crashing into Mick Schumacher.
Up entrance, and Bottas sped away from his marks, maintaining Verstappen and Leclerc behind with Hamilton tip-toeing his approach across the first bend.
Alonso’s spin elevated him one place to tenth, and by the top of the primary lap he was ninth after he handed Sebastian Vettel on the chicane.
On lap eight, Hamilton put his Mercedes machine on the road with a high quality transfer across the exterior of Yuki Tsunoda on the left-hander third nook.
A lap later, he waltzed previous Lance Stroll on the similar nook for seventh, leaving him 20 seconds behind team-mate Bottas.
Lando Norris was Hamilton’s subsequent goal and he cruised previous his British compatriot on lap 10.
Hamilton turned in a hat-trick of quickest laps – a second sooner than Verstappen – earlier than crusing previous Gasly for fifth, with Perez seven seconds up the street.
By the top of lap 34, Perez was in placing vary. Hamilton drew alongside Verstappen’s Purple Bull team-mate with the 2 drivers going wheel-to-wheel.
Hamilton was marginally forward going via Flip 13 just for Perez to retain the within line after which out-brake the Mercedes man on the run all the way down to Flip 1.
It was a marker from Perez, clearly beneath instruction from Purple Bull to make sure Hamilton didn’t get previous.
With a dry line failing to emerge, Verstappen was the primary of the leaders to cease for brand spanking new intermediate tyres on lap 36. The Dutchman emerged from the pits forward of Perez and Hamilton.
Bottas adopted swimsuit a lap later with Leclerc assuming the lead. Purple Bull then referred to as Perez in, and Hamilton regarded set to cease, too, however the seven-time world champion informed his Mercedes crew he didn’t wish to.
“Field, field,” Bonnington instructed. “Why?” stated Hamilton.
“New inters are the best way to go,” replied Bonnington.
“I don’t assume it’s, man,” stated Hamilton.
His Mercedes pit crew retreated with Hamilton reiterating his want to not cease.
“It looks like we must always keep out, man,” he stated. Bonnington responded: “We are going to keep out yet another lap to offer us a bit extra considering time.”
Up entrance, Leclerc was unable to make the technique work and when Bottas handed him for the lead with 11 laps to go the Ferrari driver got here in for a change of rubber.
That promoted Hamilton to 3rd however with eight laps to go, he was ordered to return in, dropping him two locations and damaging his title hopes.