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HAMILTON S SEVEN F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Full race results for the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park, Turkey, round 14 of the 2020 F1 world championship season.

2020 F1 TURKISH GRAND PRIX – RACE RESULTS

POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIME
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team58 laps
2Sergio PerezMEXBWT Racing Point F1 Team31.633
3Sebastian VettelGBRScuderia Ferrari31.960
4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari33.858
5Carlos SainzESPMcLaren F1 Team34.363
6Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing44.873
7Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing46.484
8Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team61.259
9Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point F1 Team72.353
10Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team95.460
11Esteban OconFRARenault F1 Team+ 1 lap
12Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda+ 1 lap
13Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda+ 1 lap
14Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team+ 1 lap
15Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen+ 1 lap
16George RussellGBRWilliams Racing+ 1 lap
DNFKevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team56 laps
DNFRomain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team48 laps
DNFNicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing42 laps
DNFAntonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen13 laps

Lewis Hamilton claimed his record-equalling seventh Formula 1 world championship with an unlikely victory in a crazy Turkish Grand Prix.

In incredibly challenging conditions, Hamilton worked his way forwards by making a set of intermediates last longer on a drying track than anyone else could manage.

Valtteri Bottas had to outscore Hamilton by eight points to kepep his championship hopes alive, yet ended up a lapped 14th after six separate incidents.

Shock polesitter Lance Stroll commanded much of the race only to tumble back to ninth in the second half, though his Racing Point team-mate Sergio Perez still took second.

That was despite a last-corner lunge from Charles Leclerc in which the Ferrari went wide and ended up losing the final podium spot to his team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Track conditions were so difficult that Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo had to be retrieved from the gravel and George Russell broke his Williams’s front wing on the pit entry barrier during the reconnaissance laps.

As the field slithered griplessly off the grid on full wets, Verstappen bogged down badly and immediately tumbled to eighth while Stroll broke away at the front.

A four-abreast moment for the Mercedes and Renaults into Turn 1 ended with Esteban Ocon being tagged into a spin and Bottas rotating solo in sympathy, with the pair then having a separate clash further around the lap that sent Bottas spinning again and gave Ocon a puncture.

Hamilton emerged in third behind the Racing Points, but ran wide later in the lap and fell to sixth.

Remarkably Vettel stormed through from 11th to third through the opening corners, though he couldn’t keep pace with the Racing Points and was soon 15 seconds off the lead and holding up the recovering Verstappen.

The Red Bull could find no way past the Ferrari, and Verstappen asked to stay out as long as possible on wets as everyone began to pit for intermediates from lap six onwards.

Although that tactic didn’t look promising as drivers on inters flew, Verstappen did manage to leapfrog the Ferrari and rejoin close behind Perez, as Stroll grew his lead to 11s.

Desperate to pass Perez and chase Stroll, Verstappen then ran wide out of the Turn 11 kink and had a high-speed spin that prompted a pitstop to replace his flat-spotted tyres.

Now it was Hamilton’s turn to struggle to pass Vettel – who was back up to third. The championship leader went wide in his efforts and was overtaken by the flying second Red Bull of Alex Albon.

Albon managed to pass Vettel with ease and set off after the Racing Points, as the top three closed up with Stroll struggling with his intermediates on a slightly drying track.

But just as Albon began to look like the favourite for victory, he hit the same tyre concern and began to lose pace before spinning out of Turn 4 and coming in for fresh inters.

Vettel made the same choice, freeing up Hamilton, who joined Perez in rapidly catching Stroll as the leader had increasing frustration with his tyres.

Stroll’s glorious period in control of a grand prix ended when he made his stop for a second set of inters, though, as he couldn’t get any pace out of the new tyres and began tumbling down the order with very slow pace.

But while fresh tyres seemed to be the logical move, Perez and Hamilton were able to keep theirs alive.

Hamilton surged past Perez with DRS for the lead on lap 37 of 58 and then scorched away into a massive lead, setting a pace on his worn tyres equal to the speed others were getting out of fresh rubber further back.

He declined Mercedes’ suggestion of a last-minute pitstop for new tyres as further rain threatened the nearly-dry track, and clinched a title that draws him level with Michael Schumacher by winning with a half-minute margin.

Leclerc had charged up the order with two early pit calls, first for intermediates and then for fresh intermediates, allowing him to convert an unhappy initial 14th place to a podium challenge.

He flew through the order late on, passing team-mate Vettel and catching Perez as the Racing Point went wide on the last lap. But a dive on Perez into the final complex took Leclerc wide and allowed Vettel to snatch third place back from him.

Carlos Sainz Jr showed similar late pace to Leclerc as he took fifth for McLaren, right on the tail of the podium fight at the end.

The Red Bulls of Verstappen and Albon ended up only sixth and seventh, Verstappen having a second spin late on.

Lando Norris was the last man to overtake Stroll so took eighth, with Daniel Ricciardo spinning to 10th as he tried to fend off Norris earlier.

Bottas had four more spins after his first-lap misadventures, and annoyed Hamilton by holding him up while being lapped. He eventually finished a miserable 14th.

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