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The Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won Sunday, in adversity, the Turkish Grand Prix of Formula 1 to equal, with the manner, the record of seven world titles of the German Michael Schumacher.
Equal to equal. British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the Turkish Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday 15 November. With this victory, he reached the record of seven world titles, so far owned by German Michael Schumacher alone, despite many difficulties. The Briton had already beaten last month F1 legend’s record for number of titles.
Sixth on the grid on a circuit that has been difficult for his team all weekend, finishing the race on tires worn to the rope, Hamilton drove brilliantly.
He is joined on the podium by the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) and the German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who steps on the box for the first time in a complicated 2020 season.
Last rival of the now seven-time British world champion, his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who promised Thursday to do his best to “delay” his coronation, did not keep his word. After having spun on a soggy track, the Finn is 14e single turn and off points.
With three rounds still to go and a maximum of 26 points to be taken in each (78 in all), the British champion, with his 110 lengths lead, can no longer be reached at the top of the drivers’ standings. Formula 1.
Mercedes, most awarded team in F1 history
After 2008 with McLaren and 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, 35, is therefore assured of a 7e world title and equal a new record of legend Schumacher, after having beaten that of victories (94 against 91), podiums (163 against 155) and pole positions (97 against 68).
At the end of October, Lewis Hamilton had already broken Michael Schumacher’s record for success in terms of number of titles, when he won the Portuguese Grand Prix on October 25, his 92e.
For Mercedes, it’s a 7e driver’s title in a row since 2014, in addition to the 7the crown of the constructors capped consecutively during the previous round.
This further consolidates the Silver Arrows in their most rewarded team position in F1 history over a given period. Better than Ferrari in the Schumacher years (five drivers ‘titles and six constructors’ titles between 1999 and 2004)!
Poleman Lance Stroll, who started in this position for the first time in his career at the age of 22, collapsed after the 35e turn and finish 9e.