Lewis Hamilton won his historic seventh world title in Formula 1 in style on Sunday. The Mercedes driver drove cleverly to victory in the Grand Prix of Turkey on a very slippery circuit. Max Verstappen finished sixth in Istanbul.
Hamilton, once again dominant this season, previously became world champion in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The 35-year-old Briton equals Michael Schumacher’s record with his seventh title.
Hamilton started from sixth place in Turkey and fought his way through the wet track during the race. With just under twenty laps to go he took over the lead and drove far away from the rest.
Starting from pole position, Lance Stroll had until that moment held the first place, but fell back considerably. His Racing Point teammate Sergio Pérez maintained himself in the front and came second, ahead of Ferrari’s number three Sebastian Vettel.
Verstappen had started from second place and appeared to be claiming victory in the first part of the race, but lost his (podium) chances when he spun on the slippery track trying to overtake number two Pérez.
Top 10 GP Turkey
- 1. Lewis Hamilton
- 2. Sergio Pérez
- 3. Sebastian Vettel
- 4. Charles Leclerc
- 5. Carlos Sainz
- 6. Max Verstappen
- 7. Alexander Albon
- 8. Lando Norris
- 9. Lance Stroll
- 10. Daniel Ricciardo
Drivers again have no grip
After two days when the drivers had no grip on the slippery circuit in Istanbul, the situation was no different on Sunday. On their way to the grid, Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell moved off the track, although they could just start.
Verstappen started from place two, but got away very slowly on the slippery track. After the first skirmishes, the Red Bull driver was behind the Racing Points and the very strong start Sebastian Vettel – he won eight places – in fourth place.
However, the Dutchman recovered and, after a few fast laps on the rain tires, went into the pit lane for intermediates later than his competitors. It led to him taking third place from Vettel.
Meanwhile, Hamilton was already on track for the world title. The Mercedes driver drove around fifth without much trouble and had seen that teammate Valtteri Bottas – with the Finn ahead of the championship – had fallen back to the rear after a dramatic start.
A podium place was not there for Max Verstappen. (Photo: ANP)
Spin ends Verstappen’s chances of winning
In the battle for place two things went wrong for Verstappen, who was doing well until that moment. The Limburger took a risk when he wanted to overtake Pérez, spun and fell back to eighth place.
In the future, Verstappen moved up to fourth place, but the gap to the top three was large. The Ferraris did have a good day: Leclerc, who started twelfth, steamed up to third place, with teammate Vettel in his wake.
The unapproachable Hamilton had now risen to first place, at the expense of Stroll, who kept falling back. Hamilton drove away from the competition and showed why he is the deserved world champion. He gave teammate Bottas a painful moment by putting the Finn one lap behind.
In the last part of the race, Verstappen spun again and a sixth place turned out to be the highest possible. Leclerc seemed on his way to the podium on behalf of Ferrari, but the Monegask lost his third place to Vettel in the last lap due to a slip in the last lap.
There are three more races scheduled for this Formula 1 season: two in Bahrain and one in Abu Dhabi. The next Grand Prix is on November 29 at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Lewis Hamilton passed leader Lance Stroll and then hit a big gap with the rest. (Photo: Pro Shots)