F1: Lewis Hamilton wins the Turkish Grand Prix and becomes a seven-time world champion

Lewis Hamilton wins the Turkish Grand Prix and becomes a seven-time world champion
  • Lewis Hamilton makes history by becoming a seven-time world champion after winning the Turkish GP
  • The Brit equals Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles after battling from sixth to lead in Istanbul
  • The 35-year-old battled the elements while maintaining his tyres to drive a superb race in the rain on Sunday
  • Sergio Perez held on to finish second while Sebastian Vettel snatched the final podium place at the death
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19

Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s total of seven world championships after a stellar drive in Turkey.

The British driver sealed the world championship by winning the Turkish Grand Prix – holding his nerve, nursing his tyres for 50 laps, on the slippery track at Istanbul Park to write a celebrated concluding chapter to the annexation of his sport in 2020.

The win by a monster 31 seconds, the 94th of his career, put him level with Michael Schumacher, who lies stricken at home after his terrible skiing accident seven years ago.

Lewis Hamilton wins the Turkish Grand Prix and becomes a seven-time world champion
Hamilton struggles to hold back the tears after equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles

He started the race only sixth on the grid but gradually gnawed his way into the frame as the afternoon wore on.

Hamilton took the lead with patience, sure-footedness and style on lap 37, planting his black car on the rear of Sergio Perez’s Racing Point. The champion steered right and, withstanding the rivulet of water he now occupied, zipped past the pink machine for the lead between Turns 11 and 12, and an imperishable moment in the storied history of British sport.

Speaking after the race, an emotional Hamilton said:

That’s for all the kids out there who dream about the impossible.