Lewis Hamilton revalidated his world title for the third time in a row after being the first to cross the checkered flag at the Turkish GP and despite starting from sixth on the grid, a strange starting position and a product of difficult previous qualifications. that took place the previous days.
The Briton made history in this edition after reaching his seventh crown, which allowed him to equal the German Michael Schumacher as the greatest champion of all time. In turn, throughout this tournament, which still has three circuits left to go, he also surpassed the Kaiser’s 91 victories and ranks at the top as the winner of Formula 1.
Hamilton scored his tenth victory of the year, raising his own F1 triumph record to 94, winning ahead of Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point), who finished second in a race in which German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was third.
The English star scored mathematically this Sunday the sixth of the past seven World Cups with Mercedes, which joined the one he had achieved in 2008, with McLaren. “I have no words. Naturally I always start by thanking everyone and I would not have this opportunity if I had not been on this team. I am very proud of them. I want to thank my family. This dream started when I was little and this is what I wanted, to fulfill this.
Do not ever let someone say that you cannot fulfill your dreams, never stop you, do not give up, “said the flaming F1 champion from the podium. He no longer has anyone ahead of him. Born on 7 January in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Hamilton had broken Schumacher’s pole record (68) three years ago in Monza, Italy. He improved the number of victories (91) the last weekend of October in Portimao (Portugal). Before, in Montemeló (Barcelona) he had beaten the podium (155).
And this Sunday he equaled, when exhibiting in the wet, with another victory the last great record that the ‘Kaiser’ held: no one ever surpasses his seven World Cups. With which this Sunday he certified the achievement of the sixth of the last seven championships.
Six crowns that, added to that of 2008 with McLaren, make him seven-time world champion. Equaling Schumacher, who won the first two (1994-95) with Benetton, before chaining a winning streak of five (2000-2004) with Ferrari.
Everything has been written about Hamilton for a long time. Of the complicated that were its beginnings; and of the importance that his father, Anthony, separated from his mother, Carmen, when the child was two years old, had in his career, but also in the configuration of his character. When the term ‘bullying’ had not yet been coined, it was he who pointed it out to karate classes, as a defense against bullying.
Sainz, who had started fifteenth, culminated a sensational comeback and finished fifth, behind the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and one place ahead of the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), sixth this Sunday on the track outside Istanbul. Thai Alexander Albon (Red Bull) was seventh, ahead of Englishman Lando Norris, Sainz’s colleague at McLaren, who set the fastest lap in the race.
Canadian Lance Stroll, Checo’s teammate at Racing Point, lost eight positions and, after starting from pole position, finished in ninth place in a test in which Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) also scored, finishing tenth. (GG) (Infobae)