Formula One: Hamilton Matches Schumacher’s Record Of 7 World Championships
Istanbul: Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes won the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, to secure the seventh drivers’ title of his career and equal the record of the legend Michael Schumacher.
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished second and third, respectively.
The Briton had started the race sixth, risen to third midway through the first lap and then dropped back to sixth by the end of Lap 1. However, a decision to change his intermediate tyres just once saw Hamilton drive through to a victory by over 25 seconds over Perez.
Hamilton, who now has clinched 94 Formula One races, won his first championship in 2008 and followed it up with championship wins in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s fellow Mercedes driver, and the only man who could have stopped Hamilton from winning the title on Sunday, spun four times and ended with a 14th-place finish.
Hamilton now has 307 points while his nearest competitor Valtteri Bottas is way behind in second place with 197 points.
“I’m lost for words,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by formula1.com. “We dreamed of this when I was young… and this is way, way beyond our dreams.”