Formula 1 heads to Turkey with the title race finely poised, as just two points separate Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the standings.
Hamilton claimed a landmark 100th F1 victory last time out in Russia, but his potential gains in the championship were limited by Verstappen's impressive recovery from the back of the grid, aided by late rain.
Rain was also a factor at Istanbul Park one year ago, with Hamilton mastering the conditions – made worse by track resurfacing – to take the win and secure a record-equalling seventh world title.
Turkey has again stepped in as a replacement round in 2021, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday will feature the usual practice schedule of two 60-minute sessions. FP1 will take place on Friday morning at 09:30 UK time, with FP2 following in the afternoon at 13:00.
Heading into Saturday, there is another hour of practice with FP3 at 10:00 before qualifying at 13:00, when the battle for pole position will commence.
This will determine the grid for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix, which begins at 13:00.
RacingNews365.com will be on hand to cover all of the action and you can find our live blog here. We will also have exclusive interviews, news and analysis throughout the entire weekend in Turkey.
What time does the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix start? Check out the full schedule below.*
*Istanbul is two hours ahead of the UK
2021 F1 Turkish GP time schedule
|Date||Event||Time (BST)||Time (Local)|
|Friday 8 October||Practice 1||09:30-10:30||11:30-12:30|
|Friday 8 October||Practice 2||13:00-14:00||15:00-16:00|
|Saturday 9 October||Practice 3||10:00-11:00||12:00-13:00|
|Saturday 9 October||Qualifying||13:00-14:00||15:00-16:00|
|Sunday 10 October||Race||13:00-15:00 (58 laps)||15:00-17:00|
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