Lewis Hamilton has won his seventh Formula One World Championship. With this, the 35-year-old Brit equals Michael Schumacher‘s record. Hamilton won the Turkey Grand Prix on Sunday and can’t be overtaken by number two, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen finished sixth in Istanbul.
Hamilton also won the world title in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is the first driver to become world champion six times in the service of one team (Mercedes). Only in 2008 he took the title on behalf of another team, McLaren. Schumacher won two titles for Bennetton and five for Ferrari.
This season Hamilton has picked up ten GP victories so far. He now stands on a total of 94 victories, three more than Schumacher. It is for the third year in a row that he wins at least ten races in a season.
The bacon smooth asphalt caused problems before the start of the race in Turkey. Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell slipped off the track and damaged their front wing. The cars could be repaired in time so that both drivers could appear at the start.
Lance Stroll started his Formula One career from pole position at the Istanbul Circuit for the first time. Verstappen started after the 22-year-old Canadian from P2, but had a moderate start and fell back to fifth place in the race.
Hamilton started from the sixth starting position. Thanks to a strong start, the Brit steamed up to the second place behind Stroll, but fell back after a mistake. At the same time, he saw Bottas, the only one who could keep Hamilton from his seventh World Cup title, immediately slipping off the track and returning to nineteenth place.
Quick tire change
The track dried up, so many drivers chose to quickly change the rain tyres for a softer version. Among others Hamilton and race leader Stroll sought out the pit lane, but Verstappen chose a different tactic. The Red Bull driver drove on the rain tires for as long as possible and took over the lead in the race. However, he gave it up again when he also made his first pit stop.
Verstappen had to settle for a third place in the race behind Racing Point drivers Stroll and Sergio Pérez. After a failed overtaking at Pérez, his car was spinning off the track.
The Dutchman came sixth across the finish line, but perhaps still waiting for a time penalty. At the first pit stop, he would have crossed the white line.
Stroll held the leading position in the race for a long time, but the Racing Point driver failed to win his first Formula One Grand Prix victory in Turkey. He finally finished ninth and saw Hamilton triumph. The Mercedes driver took over the lead in round 37 and did not give it away.