The 2020 F1 season has been a special one in all aspects, and the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday was no less iconic. A brilliant start from pole by Lance Stroll was converted to a historic win for Lewis Hamilton who has now reached the summit of Formula 1 in terms of championships.
As has been the case this year, Mercedes and Hamilton continued to break records aplenty, while Sebastian Vettel surprisingly jumped right in to preserve a few.
- Sunday was the first time the Turkish GP wasn’t won by a driver starting from the front row.
- The polesitter or race winner has never set the fastest lap at Turkey.
- This season has seen 12 different drivers finish on the podium, the most since 2012.
- The drivers who made it to the podium (Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel) were the only three drivers who featured in the last Turkish GP in 2011. Experience counts eh?
- Hamilton, Perez and Vettel have appeared on the podium together for just the 2nd time, the first one being the 2015 Russian GP.
- Five drivers led the race on Sunday, more than any other race this season, and for the first time since ‘that’ 2016 Austrian GP. Hamilton won both races.
- Hamilton claimed the Drivers Championship for the 7th time – equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record – and 6th with Mercedes, the most any driver has won with one constructor.
- This was the Brit’s 4th consecutive title, equalling Fangio and Vettel’s feat. Only Schumacher has fared better with 5 consecutive titles between 2000 and 2004.
- Hamilton won his 73rd race for Mercedes since joining them in 2013, a new record for victories with one constructor. Apart from Michael Schumacher, no driver has managed to go past 40.
- The last time Hamilton started a race in 6th place was at the 2014 British GP, which coincidentally also had a wet qualifying session. The Brit won that race as well.
- This was the 200th race win for Mercedes engines, only 39 behind Ferrari.