Hamilton becomes a seven-time World Champion, Perez equals his career-best result and two drivers become race leaders for the first time. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix!
LEWIS HAMILTON: 7-TIME WORLD CHAMPION
Lewis Hamilton won the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, taking the 94th win of his career. It was his tenth win of the 2020 season and as a result, Hamilton secured a record-equalling seventh World Championship victory. He equals Michael Schumacher as the driver with the most titles in Formula 1 history. His title win means that the 1999 European Grand Prix is the last F1 race in which no eventual seven-time World Champions competed.
Hamilton won the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix by 31.633 seconds, which is the second largest win margin of his career, behind only the 2008 British Grand Prix. It’s the largest margin by which a driver has won a race since Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix by over 37 seconds.
Hamilton becomes only the second driver to have won the Turkish Grand Prix on multiple occasions. The only other driver to win more than a single Turkish Grand Prix is Felipe Massa, who won three events consecutively between 2006 and 2008. Hamilton’s win means that British drivers have as many wins at the Istanbul Park circuit as Brazilian drivers.
The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix marked the 200th Grand Prix victory for a Mercedes-powered car. Ferrari are the only other engine manufacturer to record 200 wins, having done so at the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix. This was the Brackley-based team’s second win at the Turkish Grand Prix. Jenson Button won for Brawn GP in 2009.
Lewis Hamilton is the first driver to win the Turkish Grand Prix having not started from the front row of the grid. Hamilton’s win is the first for the driver starting sixth since Daniel Ricciardo’s win at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix. In total, it’s the 38th time that the driver who started sixth on the grid has won.
The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix is the first race to have a Canadian polesitter and a British winner since the 1997 Australian Grand Prix, where Jacques Villeneuve was on pole and David Coulthard won.
After the Turkish Grand Prix, Mercedes lead the Constructors’ Championship by 264 points, which is the sixth largest lead ever held by a team. Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship by 110 points, which is the twelfth largest lead ever held by a driver. It’s the largest lead Hamilton has ever had.
With both titles already decided, 2020 will be the first season since 2015 to feature three ‘dead rubber’ races.
ON THE PODIUM
Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel joined Lewis Hamilton on the podium. It’s the second time Hamilton, Perez and Vettel have finished on the podium together. They also finished as the top three at the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez equalled his best ever result with second place. He also finished second at the 2012 Malaysian and Italian Grands Prix. It was the ninth podium of Perez’s career, his first since the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Perez now has as many podiums as Jean Behra, Peter Collins, Elio de Angelis, Eddie Cheever, Alessandro Nannini and Martin Brundle.
Sebastian Vettel finished on the podium for the first time since the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix. That race was also the last race in which both Ferrari drivers finished in the top four. Vettel started the race from eleventh on the grid, marking the first podium result from eleventh since Romain Grosjean finished third having started eleventh at the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix. This was Ferrari’s eighth podium at the track, extending their record for most podiums at Istanbul Park.
Vettel is only the third driver to record 121 podium finishes. This was his 33rd third place result. It was also his 55th podium finish for Ferrari, making this only the eighth time that a driver has recorded 55 podiums with a single team. Vettel is the first driver to achieve the feat with two different teams, having also recorded 65 podiums with Red Bull.
Both Hamilton and Vettel recorded their third podium finishes at the Turkish Grand Prix. Both also became the first drivers to finish on the podium in Turkey having started outside the top five on the grid. Vettel sets the record for the furthest back grid slot from which a podium result has been recorded at Istanbul Park, having started eleventh.
Aside from the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix is the only other F1 race in which the driver who started 6th won, the driver who started 3rd finished second and the driver who started 11th finished third.
This was the first Turkish Grand Prix to feature three different teams on the podium. Mercedes and Racing Point become the sixth and seventh teams to have finished on the podium at Istanbul Park.
THE RACE LEADERS
The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix was the 53rd Formula 1 race to have five or more different lap leaders. Lance Stroll, Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen, Alex Albon and Lewis Hamilton all led at least one lap of the race. It’s the first time since the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix that five different drivers have held the lead.
Lance Stroll and Alex Albon became the 175th and 176th drivers to lead a lap in World Championship history. It’s the second time this season, after the Italian Grand Prix, that two drivers have led a lap for the first time in a single race. It’s only the sixteenth time this has occurred in F1 history, and the first time it has happened twice in a season since 1975.
Having led 32 laps of the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, Lance Stroll has now led more laps this season than anyone other than the Mercedes drivers.
Sergio Perez led two laps of the Turkish Grand Prix. It’s the first time he has led a race since the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix.
Both Max Verstappen and Alex Albon led a lap of the Turkish Grand Prix, making this the first race which two Red Bull drivers have led since the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.
THE TOP TEN
For the first time since 2008, neither Red Bull driver finished on the podium at the Turkish Grand Prix. This is the first race which Max Verstappen has finished in a position outside of the podium places since the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix, when he also finished sixth.
The Fastest Lap of the Turkish Grand Prix was recorded by Lando Norris, who set the Sunday pace for the second time in his career. He’s the 82nd driver to have set the Fastest Lap on multiple occasions. Finishing in eighth, Norris becomes the first driver to have scored points at the Turkish Grand Prix having started fourteenth on the grid.
Polesitter Lance Stroll finished the Turkish Grand Prix in ninth place. Stroll lost eight places during the race, which is the most positions he has lost in a Grand Prix which he has finished so far in his career. It’s the first time that the polesitter has not finished on the podium in Turkey.
This was only the ninth time in World Championship history that the driver who started on pole has finished ninth. Strangely, two of those occasions have been in races where a driver was crowned World Champion for a seventh time. Jarno Trulli finished ninth having started from pole at the 2004 Belgian Grand Prix. This was the first time that the polesitter has finished ninth since Lewis Hamilton did so at the 2019 German Grand Prix.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
Neither AlphaTauri driver scored in the Turkish Grand Prix, bringing an end to their streak of ten consecutive points finishes – the longest such run in the team’s entire history.
After spinning six times in the race, Valtteri Bottas finished only fourteenth. It’s the sixth time in total that he has finished a Grand Prix in fourteenth place, and the first time he has done so since the 2016 British Grand Prix.
George Russell finished sixteenth in the Turkish Grand Prix, which means he equals Max Chilton for third in the list of most Grand Prix starts without a point. This weekend marked Russell’s 35th race start. Only Luca Badoer and Charles Pic entered more races without ever scoring a point. Meanwhile, Nicola Larini and Jonathan Palmer scored points on their 44th and 42nd starts respectively.
There were four retirements from the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix: Antonio Giovinazzi, Nicholas Latifi, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
Antonio Giovinazzi was the first retirement from the race, making this the first race from which he has been the first retiree. He’s also the first driver to record a retirement having started tenth on the grid at the Turkish Grand Prix. It’s the first retirement for the former Sauber team at the Turkish Grand Prix since Felipe Massa retired from the inaugural event here in 2005.
Both Haas drivers retired from the Turkish Grand Prix, making this the sixth race which neither Haas driver has completed. Romain Grosjean became the first driver to retire at the Turkish Grand Prix having started from seventeenth place, while Magnussen recorded his seventh retirement of the 2020 season.
Kevin Magnussen has not scored since the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has now surpassed the longest point-less streak of his Formula 1 career. This was the eleventh successive race in which he has failed to pick up a point. He failed to score at ten races in a row between the 2016 Spanish and Italian Grands Prix.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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