The 7-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, had contrasting halves to his recent race at the Turkish Grand Prix. Although he was stuck behind a bunch of cars for almost half the race, the Briton managed to win the race with a massive lead of over 30 seconds.
However, former F1 driver, Jolyon Palmer, felt that Lewis’ race victory in Turkey wasn’t particularly the best race of his career.
“I’d stick my neck out and say it probably wasn’t [Lewis’s finest race],” Palmer told BBC. “There was no single moment of brilliance.
“It was a finely chiseled performance where he made fewer mistakes than anyone else, was quick when he needed to be, and read the race perfectly.”
Lewis had a straight-forward race in Turkey and it looked like his intentions were entirely on keeping his car intact on the track, and he did it with perfection.
He never kept his foot wrong during the early part of the race when the track was soaking wet. Eventually, as the track started to dry up, Lewis unleashed the beast under his hood and pulled off a very simple move on Sergio Perez.
Palmer claims Lewis Hamilton is the Roger Federer of Formula 1
The former Renault driver likened Lewis Hamilton to the Swiss Tennis legend, Roger Federer. “He is to Formula 1 what Roger Federer has been to tennis in years gone by.
“Someone who can sometimes look down and out, but who then sees a glimmer of light – even from two sets down – and from there perform a stunning comeback, after which you wonder why you ever doubted it would happen.”
The Turkish Grand Prix is not the only instance where Lewis made a stunning comeback in a race. Back in 2018, after starting from P14, Lewis found his way through the field to win the race in Hockenheim.
The other race that comes to mind is the wet 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. Starting from P5 on the grid, Lewis stayed out of trouble going into the first corner during the messy race start. From there, Lewis barely made any mistakes as he went on to see the chequered flag in P1.
Lewis seemingly enjoys such chaotic races and always comes out as the best irrespective of how bad the conditions are, and proved the statement right during the recent race in Turkey.
Will the fans be graced with such performances consistently before the F1 kingpin hangs his helmet up for good? Only time will tell.