- Lewis Hamilton clinched the 2020 Formula One World title at the Turkish Grand Prix.
- Hamilton won the race after starting from P6.
- He now ties the record of Michael Schumacher for the most world championships won in Formula One with seven.
Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday and in doing so, he clinched his fourth straight Formula One world championship and his sixth in eight season with Mercedes. With seven world titles overall, Hamilton has now equalled the record set by Michael Schumacher before the German legend retired from the sport.
Said Hamilton of his achievement:
One of His Best Races Ever
The emotions spill out, as @LewisHamilton conquers the world for the seventh time ❤️?#TurkishGP ?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/KzqVKysLqL
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 15, 2020
Hamilton didn’t just win the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday. He did so by delivering one of his best races ever. One day earlier, Lance Stroll became the first Canadian since Jacque Villanueve in 1997 to take pole position. Stroll led for most of the the 58 lap race but it was Hamilton who delivered the thunder when it mattered most.
For the first time this season, a non-Mercedes car started from P1. Hamilton, who had started from pole in the last four races, finished 6th while teammate Valtteri Bottas came in 9th. Suddenly, the Turkish Grand Prix didn’t look like a weekend that Mercedes would dominante. But when all was said and done, Hamilton took a page from the Schumacher book and became the Regenmeister on Sunday.
Halfway through the race, Stroll and Perez were still ahead of Hamilton but were losing ground. Stroll came in for new tires in lap 37 while Hamilton used DRS to get past Perez one lap later and take the lead. Stroll’s tire change backfired and he was overtaken by the two Ferraris. Meanwhile, Bottas spun for the fourth time and it wall all Hamilton from there.
He finished the race about 30 seconds of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who claimed his first podium of the 2020 season. Charles Leclerc finished fourth while Stroll came in 5th after a strong start from pole position.
Signing a New Contract
? “I’d love to stay, I feel like we’ve got a lot of work to do here.” ❤️
Debriefing an unforgettable day in Istanbul ?
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) November 15, 2020
Winning the world championship has been Hamilton’s focus all-season long and now that the 7th title is in the bag, it is expected that Hamilton will now work towards signing a new contract with Mercedes. There have been doubts spoken by Hamilton in recent weeks but there is no doubt that he has plenty more to offer the sport, not just in the circuits but outside it as well.
Hamilton and Mercedes have been dominant together. They have won eight out of the last eight Driver’s championship and seven straight Constructor’s titles. Hamilton’s win in Turkey was his 10th of the season, a year he has dominated from start to finish. The championship has been sealed but there are still races to be won.
There are still three rounds left in the 2020 Formula One World Championship with the next one being the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29th. Hamilton has won this race thrice, including last year. While he already has accomplished his mission for the season, winning a fourth time in Bahrain would put him in a tie with Sebastian Vettel for the most wins in that race.
Hamilton will head to Bahrain as the -275 betting favorite while teammate Valtteri Botttas who is looking to clinch 2nd place for the second straight season is second in the current Bet365 odds board at +350. As with the other races this year, Max Verstappen has the third realistic odds to win the race at +650.