The 2020 F1 season provided racing action and entertainment up until the final race in Abu Dhabi. However, Lewis Hamilton had already stormed past his competition to seal his seventh F1 world championship title.
Sky F1’s Martin Brundle picked Hamilton’s race and title victory in Istanbul as his special moment of this season. Naturally, for quite a few reasons, that achievement was historic indeed.
Brundle stated, “Where do you start? It has been one of the most remarkable seasons I’ve ever experienced in 37 years of this business. But I’ve gone for Lewis Hamilton winning the Turkish GP, in great style.”
Lewis Hamilton winning in Turkey meant he matched Schumacher’s tally of F1 titles
“He did not have the fastest car on the track in that day in history yet lapped his team-mate and won by half a minute in treacherous conditions when people couldn’t find any grip.”
The rain-stricken Turkish GP became quite a hassle for many drivers, especially in terms of finding the right grip and balance on track. However, Hamilton ensured that he continued to maintain momentum and eventually won the race.
Brundle continued, “That, of course, meant he matched the great Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven Formula 1 world championships, in a style in which Michael would have been very proud and very impressed by.”
The Turkish GP qualifying did not go as per Mercedes’ plans at all that day. Both Hamilton and Bottas started lower down the grid than they usually do, and a race win looked out of bounds for them.
Hamilton started in P6 that day but his experience proved to be invaluable
Following a dismal qualifying, Hamilton aimed to make amends in the race by having a good start. However, the lack of grip meant it became tough to catch up to the rivals in a quick fashion.
However, using all his experience, Hamilton slowly understood the dry lines on the track. He built his way up the grid whilst managing the existing set of tires to full efficiency.
By staying out, he won the race and clinched his seventh title, creating a joint-record alongside Michael Schumacher. As Brundle said earlier, the Ferrari supremo would indeed have been proud of the way Hamilton drove in that race.