Lewis Hamilton has become world champion for the seventh time in his career with a stunning drive to victory in a rain-hit Turkish Grand Prix.Sergio Perez for the lead, and going on to win by half a minute.
Perez had taken over the lead from team mate Lance Stroll, who ran at the front for much of the first half of the race. But the Racing Point driver began to struggle with his tyres as the track dried, and gave up the lead to make an extra pit stop.
Charles Leclerc attacked Perez for second place on the final lap but ran wide at turn 12. That not only allowed the Racing Point driver back into second, but handed the final podium place to Sebastian Vettel.
The Red Bull pair challenged for victory early in the race, but both dropped back after spins. Max Verstappen pirouetted while trying to pass Perez, and Albon did the same later on. Verstappen compounded his error with a second spin in the closing stages.
That allowed Carlos Sainz Jnr to grab second place ahead of the two Red Bulls. Lando Norris claimed eighth by passing Stroll, who never managed to get back up to speed after his extra pit stop. He came in ninth, while Daniel Ricciardo took the final point for Renault.
Valtteri Bottas’shopes of keeping Hamilton from the title faded quickly. He spun at the first corner when Esteban Ocon was knocked into a spin ahead of him, and went off several other times during the race. He was eventually lapped by his team mate and finished 14th.
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2020 Turkish Grand Prix reaction
- “They should be bald”: Hamilton’s tyre condition didn’t concern Mercedes
- McLaren alert to Ferrari threat in fight for third place
- “I’m not an unsung hero”: Hamilton not considering possibility of knighthood
- ‘Greatest of our era’, ‘statistically the best’: Hamilton’s rivals hail his seventh title
- Hamilton was “impeccable” in “not the best car” – Wolff
- Vettel surprised by first podium for more than a year
- Unhappy Gasly calls AlphaTauri’s performance “embarrassing”
- Racing Point: Pitting Stroll from the lead was the “right call”
- ‘One more lap and my tyres would’ve exploded’ – Perez
- Verstappen hopes he never experiences “super-frustrating” Turkish GP conditions again
- Vettel has “zero tolerance” for decision to start Q2 with crane on-track
- F1’s two seven-times champions: Hamilton and Schumacher’s title wins compared
- Hamilton intends to stay in F1 and “not ignore human rights issues in countries we go to”
- Bottas spun six times after first-lap damage left him ‘struggling to stay on track’
- “Ridiculous”: Early leader Stroll frustrated after pit stop leaves him ninth