First place at the Turkish Grand Prix on November 15, Lewis Hamilton became the champion this year. Thereby, he leveled the record 7 times F1 championship of senior legend Michael Schumacher.
His composure and excellent tire retention help Hamilton gradually escape difficult moments to take the lead at decisive moments. He Completed 58 laps with a time of 1 hour 42 minutes 19,313 seconds. For him, it was his second first-place finish at the Turkish Grand Prix. And that was also the 94th stage of the British racer F1’s career. Thereby helping him to win the championship in the 2020 season three times early because he was 110 points ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The championship in 2020 also helps Hamilton rise to the level of German legend Michael Schumacher as the two greatest racers in F1 history. Both of them have seven championships. Before 2020, Hamilton was crowned in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Schumacher dominated F1 in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Yesterday’s victory at Istanbul Park promises not the end of Hamilton’s conquering career. However, he has yet to renew his contract with Mercedes. Hamilton said that when you work in a wonderful team like Mercedes, it is not over for him.
Returning to Turkey after a nine-year hiatus, F1 cars soon tasted hard on the classic Istanbul Park racetrack. The surface of the track has a layer of plastic along with the rainy weather, making the usual situation completely disturbed. Hamilton came first in a completely unusual development.
Hamilton only started sixth, while his teammates took ninth place.
Although Bottas did not have a favorable starting position, the fact that Bottas was more or less difficult was more or less comfortable for Hamilton. Therefore, Hamilton is not under pressure to get favorable results to win the championship 3 rounds early.
Because the road surface is slippery after the rains, vehicles must start with heavy rain tires. The race was disturbed continuously from the first seconds. Verstappen started out badly so it dropped to fifth. Bottas dropped to the 15th, after dropping out of drive due to losing control of Esteban Ocon (Renault) at the start. Capitalizing on the chaos, seasoned racers Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel – who started 11 – dodged the direct bouts to advance to third and fourth, just behind the Racing Point duo.
But just a few seconds later, it was Hamilton’s turn to make a mistake and lose control at the slippery turn of Turn 9, so he fell to the curb and fell behind both Vettel and Verstappen. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) also approached, constantly attacked and took the 5th place of the British racer. After the chaotic first round, the race order was gradually stabilized. However, Hamilton was gradually left behind by the Racing Point duo. By round 5, the W11 was 20 seconds away from the lead.