Hamilton clinches record-equalling seventh world title

Hamilton clinches record-equalling seventh world title

16/11/2020

Lewis Hamilton clinched a record-equalling seventh F1 world championship despite a chaotic Turkish Grand Prix which saw him make a late charge to take the chequered flag.

Lance Stroll secured his first ever pole position after a dramatic, sometimes farcical, qualifying session on Saturday, with similarly wet conditions on race day playing into the Canadian's hands.

A slow start off the line saw Max Verstappen lose position to Sergio Perez, giving Racing Point a one-two they held until the final phase of the race when drier conditions saw Hamilton find more grip in his tyres.

A poorly-timed pit stop from Stroll saw the Canadian lose control of the race, ultimately finishing ninth, with Hamilton building pace and passing Perez to take the lead with 20 laps remaining.

From that point on, Hamilton built an unassailable advantage, running his intermediate tyres down to slicks to take him to the end of the race and officially move him on to seven world championships, level with Michael Schumacher.

There was drama on the last lap as Charles Leclerc locked up after passing Perez into second place, allowing the Racing Point to regain his position, also letting through Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel to take his first podium finish of the year.

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