“Overtaking is quite difficult”: Mercedes F1 Director Has Bad News for Lewis Hamilton in Big Blow to Turkish GP Hopes

Lewis Hamilton will start outside the top-10 in the Turkish Grand Prix despite his qualifying result. The Mercedes driver has taken an Internal Combustion Engine upgrade, which has got him a 10-place grid penalty. But Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin believes that despite Lewis’s pace advantage, overtaking will not be easy.





Hamilton was the fastest man on Friday Practice sessions in dry conditions. But the team had already taken the penalty before going on to the track.





As reported by formule1.nl, Shovlin mentioned that overtaking is difficult in Turkey as they saw in the practice sessions. He hopes Lewis could clear the field quickly, but knows it will not be that easy.



“Overtaking is quite difficult here,” said Andrew Shovlin. “It’s often a bit more difficult in free practice because you don’t do long stints on the tires. You don’t really get the differences in tire degradation that builds up.

So in that regard, today’s indications are probably that it’s a little trickier than we’d like. But you don’t always get what you want.” said the Mercedes engineer.