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Christian Horner

Horner: Hamilton the quickest he's looked all year

Although Lewis Hamilton will start the Turkish Grand Prix outside the top 10, Christian Horner expects the Briton to make his way through the field pretty quickly.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner expects Lewis Hamilton to work his way through the field at the Turkish Grand Prix, noting this weekend is the "quickest he's looked all year".

The Mercedes driver set the fastest time in qualifying, however he'll start down in P11 due to a 10-place grid penalty for changing his engine.

Horner is mindful of Hamilton's pace after looking strong at Istanbul Park on Friday and Saturday, but he insists Red Bull are focused on maximising their performance in Sunday's race.

"The best route to beat them [Mercedes] is to finish ahead of them. We are focused very much on our race, and trying to make sure we capitalise [and get] the maximum points of both drivers," Horner told Sky Sports.

"Hopefully [we can] be closer to them in the race than we were in quali today. We see that they're very quick over a single lap; whether that's sustainable over the whole race, we'll see tomorrow.

"It's gonna be interesting. I mean, Lewis has probably looked the quickest he's looked all year here. The Mercedes is hooked up around here, it's working well on this asphalt and he's going to be coming through pretty quick.

"We've just got to focus on our own race, get the strategy right, reliability... all those factors, and see how we pan out."

With so much talk focused on engines at the last few races, Honda managed to get all four cars into Q3 for the first time since Austria, something that wasn't lost on Horner.

"We took the penalty last race, and it's great for Honda to have those four," Horner added.

"With Yuki [Tsunoda] making it to Q3, obviously his driver coach is delivering for him, so that's good news for Honda to have four guys in the top 10."

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