Hamilton wins with the second largest margin of his career, Magnussen records his seventh retirement of the year and Russell moves up the list of most starts without a point. Here’s a statistic from each driver’s 2020 Turkish Grand Prix weekend.
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton secured a record-equalling seventh World Championship at the Turkish Grand Prix. 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 qualified outside of the top five for the first time since the 2018 German Grand Prix – but just like in Germany in 2018, Hamilton won the race. 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.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas qualified only ninth for the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, making this the first time he has qualified outside of the top six since the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. After spinning six times in the race, 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.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel out-qualified his team-mate for the first time since the Hungarian Grand Prix and finished ahead of Charles Leclerc in the race for the first time since the Belgian Grand Prix. Vettel finished on the podium for the first time since the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix. He 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.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc recorded his worst qualifying result of the 2020 season with fourteenth place. He was out-qualified by team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the first time since the Hungarian Grand Prix. Leclerc was set to record his third podium finish of the season, but ran wide at the final corner and finished fourth. This was the first race in which both Ferrari drivers finished in the top four since last year’s Mexican Grand Prix.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
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. He qualified in second place for the race, equalling his best Saturday result of the 2020 season.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon equalled his career-best qualifying position with fourth place at the Turkish Grand Prix. In the race, he became the 176th driver to lead a World Championship Formula 1 Grand Prix. He led a single lap, making him one of only five drivers to have led a single Grand Prix lap. The other drivers to have done so are Felice Bonetto, Pierluigi Martini, Antonio Pizzonia and Sebastien Buemi.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz qualified in thirteenth, equalling his worst Saturday result of the season to date. On Sunday, Sainz finished fifth. It’s the fourth consecutive race where the Spaniard has finished in the top seven, as well as the tenth top five finish of his career.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
With eleventh place in qualifying, Lando Norris equalled his worst qualifying performance of the 2020 season. Norris recorded the fastest lap of the Turkish Grand Prix and became the 82nd driver to have set the Fastest Lap on multiple occasions. Finishing in eighth, Norris became the first driver to have scored points at the Turkish Grand Prix having started fourteenth on the grid.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo qualified in fifth position for the second race in a row. It was the Enstone team’s best qualifying result at the Turkish Grand Prix since Fernando Alonso qualified third for Renault in 2006.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon reached Q3 for the third time in the last five races. At all of the last three race weekends where Ocon has reached Q3, he has qualified in seventh place. The Turkish Grand Prix was the twelfth race in a row where Ocon was out-qualified by his team-mate. Prior to 2020, Ocon had not been out-qualified at more than seven races in a row.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez started the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix from third on the grid – marking the first time he has ever started in the top three. It’s not Perez’s best ever qualifying result, however; he qualified on the front row at the 2016 European Grand Prix, but had a five-place grid penalty. In the race, 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.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
In a chaotic qualifying session, Lance Stroll became Formula 1’s 101st polesitter. Stroll is the first Canadian to take pole position in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve at the 1997 European Grand Prix. At that race, Villeneuve was crowned World Champion. Stroll is the first driver to take pole in Formula 1 who was born after the last Canadian champion was crowned. Stroll becomes F1’s fifth youngest polesitter. Stroll finished the Turkish Grand Prix in ninth place. He 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. Stroll led 32 laps of the race, making him the 175th driver to have led a Grand Prix and the driver to have led the third most laps of the 2020 season, behind the Mercedes drivers.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
In qualifying, Daniil Kvyat equalled his worst qualifying result of the season with seventeenth place. It was his third Q1 exit of the season, his first since the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Kvyat finished ahead of his team-mate for only the third time in the races which both have finished this year.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly failed to reach Q3 for the second time in the last five races and failed to score for the third time in the last nine races.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen reached Q3 for the first time since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix and, with eighth place, recorded his best qualifying result since the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix. In the race, Raikkonen finished fifteenth. It was his third fifteenth place finish of the season. He has recorded more fifteenth place finishes this season than he has in his previous seventeen seasons combined.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi reached Q3 at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, making his first top ten appearance on a Saturday since the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix. 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.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean failed to finish the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix. This was his second retirement of the season, his first since the opening race of the year. Grosjean became the first driver to retire at the Turkish Grand Prix having started from seventeenth on the grid.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen recorded his seventh retirement of the 2020 season and failed to score for an eleventh consecutive race. That makes this the longest point-less streak of his F1 career.
🇬🇧 George Russell
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.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi qualified last for the fifth time and retired from the race for the second time in his career. Both of Latifi’s retirements have followed an eleventh place finish in the previous race.
Read more statistics from the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix weekend in our Post Race Statistics article!
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. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.