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Mercedes: Early stint progress crucial for Hamilton on race day

Mercedes believe that the progress achieved by Lewis Hamilton in the opening stages of Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix will likely impact the Briton's position at the checkered flag. Regardless of where he qualifies on Saturday, Hamilton will start his race 10 positions lower due to an engine change grid penalty levied upon the Briton. After Friday's running, the seven-time world champion insisted that he would aim for pole in qualifying "to limit the loss" induced by his grid drop. Mercedes has conducted simulations involving a mid-pack start, but Hamilton's chance of snatching a podium in Turkey will likely depend on his ability to move up the order at the outset according to...
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