Turkish GP – Race Review

Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line first at the Istanbul Park at the Turkish Grand Prix to clinch a record equaling seventh world title. The British driver is now statistically the most accomplished formula 1 driver in the history of the sport so far and while to some he may not be the greatest of all time he certainly belongs in the pantheon of greats.

It was a spectacular race which started under wet conditions as it had rained in the hours leading up to the race. Lance Stroll who had on the previous day got clinched his maiden pole position in formula 1 got off the line fairly well at lights out a long with his teammate Sergio Perez who made up a place moving up into P2 whilst Max Verstappen who was second on the grid had a poor start and lost several positions for a short while. 

It wasn’t long until the slippery conditions proved to be tricky to handle as several drivers went into a spin on the first corner including Esteban Ocon and Valtteri Bottas who needed to outscore Hamilton by eight points to prevent him winning the championship. Verstappen was able to get past several of the drivers who had taken advantage of his slow start including Lewis Hamilton who went wide at one point.

Bottas and Ocon fall foul of the conditions at turn 1

Another driver who had managed to make up places was Sebastian Vettel who had managed to get ahead of Hamilton and was now in fifth behind Verstappen.

Lance Stroll settled in as race leader and managed to pull a decent gap before the first round of pitstops, after which he was still able to regain the lead but was coming under pressure from his teammate Sergio Perez. The Canadian was then called into the pits for a second tyre change, a decision which in hindsight seems detrimental as the he’d then lost track position which he was unable to regain as the track had begun to dry in some areas the new intermediate tyres were less effective than intermediate tyres that had already been eroded and to an extent resembled slick tyres. He was subsequently overtaken by both Ferraris and Redbulls. Having seen the inefficiency of what a new set of intermediate tyres would be Racing Point decided not to pit their other driver Perez who had by then lost his place to Lewis Hamilton who had driven a pure master class.

Hamilton showcased his ability for wet weather driving and tyre conservation as he managed to make his tyres last for over fifty laps, he’d also managed to pull a sizeable gap between himself and second placed Sergio Perez who was also doing a little bit of tyre management. 

Carlos Sainz was also displayed wonderful wet weather driving as he charged through the field going past Lance Stroll who was struggling with the new set of intermediate tyres, he also managed to get past both Red Bulls who were at one point seeming to be in contention for the win but a few costly mistakes put them well out of contention. Another driver that had made the charge up the field was Charles Leclerc who got as high third place having started from fourteenth he even managed to overtake his teammate and he’d set his eyes on the back of Sergio Perez’s pink Racing Point. 

Lando Norris managed to get past Lance Stroll who was by now having a less than memorable race having started from pole, the only driver who may have had a worse time was Valtteri Bottas. Coming into the race he was the only person who could deny Hamilton the championship but a flurry of spins saw the Finn lose positions and end up in fourteenth place and to add insult to injury he was lapped by Lewis Hamilton. For the Briton this was a display of dominance unlike any other, lapping your only championship rival.

As the race came to an end, towards the final corners Leclerc managed to get past Sergio Perez and move up to second place but he’d made a rush of it resulting in a mistake which not only saw him lose the position he’d gained but lose third place to his teammate Sebastian Vettel as well who got his first podium of the season, the four time world champion showcasing that he isn’t one to be counted out.

An unlikely podium after the most unpredictable race of the season

Ahead of them was Lewis Hamilton, seven time world champion who stayed ahead of everyone else for the entire season in a league of his own.

Lewis Hamilton – 7 Time World Champion

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