The giant race, which the whole world was eagerly awaiting, was run in Istanbul Park. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race he started in 6th place and declared his 7th world championship! The British driver, who won 4 victories in a row and 7 in total, equaled Schumacher’s “Formula 1 championship driver” record with 7 times. Hamilton on the other hand, Turkey has completed the race leaders this season with 10 GPs.
Hamilton saw the checkered flag in the first place in the race, which was held over 58 laps at the Intercity Istanbul Park Track, and announced the 7th championship of his career with 3 laps before the end of the season.
Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel took the third place in the race, where Racing Point’s Sergio Perez from Mexico was second.
Mercedes’s British driver Lewis Hamilton, got the championship in DHL Turkey Grand Prix was common to German Michael Schumacher record.
Hamilton, who won the competition held at Intercity Istanbul Park, secured the championship with 3 stages before the finish in front of his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who took the second place in the drivers’ class.
After 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Hamilton also won the 2020 season, winning the 7th title of his career.
Thus, Hamilton equalled the German Michael Schumacher’s record for “Formula 1 championship driver” with 7 times.
RAIN EFFECT BEFORE RACE!
The Formula 1 excitement in Istanbul, which started with training sessions on Friday and qualifying rounds yesterday, continued today with the final race. As in the previous days, rainfall has shown its effect in Istanbul Park today. During the training and qualifying tours, the pilots had difficulty insight due to rain, while the vehicles had difficulty holding on to the track. Similar images were experienced today as the pilots took the warm-up laps before the race. Some pilots had to return to the runway as a result of minor accidents in the warm-up tours. The rain stopped while the race started, but due to the wet ground, many teams preferred to start the race with rain tires.
BAD START FROM VERSTAPPEN
Red Bull’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen, who started the race from the second pocket, could not start well and lost his place. Renault driver Esteban Ocon and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas hit the track right at the beginning of the race. Losing time in this region, the duo returned to the track afterwards. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who started in 11th place in the first part of the race, climbed to the top 3 with a good attack. McLaren driver Carlos Sainz, who started in 16th place, also made a good start and climbed up to 8th place. The first pit stop in the race was Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who pitted in the 7th lap, while Vettel and Hamilton pitted in the 9th lap.
While the Italian driver of Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi was out of the race on the 13th lap, the Virtual Safety Vehicle arrived. After the 3-lap Virtual Security Tool expired, the top 6 ranking in the 16th round was as follows: “1. Stroll, 2. Perez. 3. Verstappen, 4. Vettel, 5. Hamilton, 6. Albon.” After the end of the Virtual Security Vehicle, Red Bull pilot Alexander Albon made a big attack, leaving behind Hamilton and then Vettel and moved up to 4th place.
In round 18, Verstappen lost control of the rear of the vehicle while trying to overtake Perez and spun. Perez maintained second place, while Verstappen dropped to 6th place. Bottas, who could not get rid of the lower ranks after his first spin, spin once again in the 21st round and regressed to the 17th place. On lap 34, Albon lost control of the rear of the car in the corner and spun. Lewis Hamilton moved up to 3rd place and Verstappen to 4th place again, as Ferrari’s pit stop team also made a slow pit stop at Vettel. On lap 36, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was out of the race due to incorrect tire fitting after his pit stop.
STROLL FAILED TO RACE
Racing Point driver Lance Stroll, who started the race from pole position, could not use his advantage. Called from the team radio to the pit stop, Stroll wanted to decline the offer, but the team complied. Returning to the track after the tire change, Stroll fell behind his rivals and finished the race in 9th place.
HAMILTON RISES TO THE TOP
As Lance Stroll entered the pit on lap 37, Sergio Perez advanced to first place. Lewis Hamilton used his DRS in round 38 to beat Perez and rise to the lead. Acting against Verstappen in the 44th lap with its new tires, Leclerc moved up to the 3rd place in the race where he started 12th. In the last part of the race, where Williams driver Nicholas Latifi and Haas pilots Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were out after Giovinazzi, there was a great podium competition between Perez, Leclerc and Vettel. Leclerc rose to second place with his attack on Perez, after which Perez took the 2nd place again. Vettel was the last to reach the podium, leaving his teammate Leclerc behind on the last straight.
Lewis Hamilton struggled with the same tires for 49 laps in the single-pit race alone and finally triumphed. Turkey also triumphed at the 2010 Grand Prix Hamilton, made in Turkey, managed to win the last three Grand Prix 2.
Making a statement after the race, Lewis Hamilton said, “I would like to celebrate such a victory with my family and fans,” and said, “I am very proud of this race.”
2020 Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix, the 14th leg of DHL Turkey Ranking
1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2 – Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
3 – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
4 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5 – Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
6 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
7 – Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
8 – Lando Norris (McLaren)
9 – Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
10 – Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
11 – Esteban Ocon (Renault)
12 – Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri)
13 – Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
14 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
15 – Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
16 – George Russell (Williams)
OUT OF RACE- Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
OUT OF RACE- Romain Grosjean (Haas)
OUT OF RACE- Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
OUT OF RACE- Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
Rankings After Turkey GP
1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 307 Point (Champion)
2 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes – 197 Point
3 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 170 Point
1 – Mercedes – 504 Point (Champion)
2 – Red Bull – 240 Point
3 – Racing Point – 154 Point