If you are a fan of Formula One, then you must be wondering, who won F1 championship in 2020? I do not know about you, but if you follow F1 races like me, then you must have seen it coming. It was a matter of when, not if when you would find out the winner of the World Driver’s Title in 2020.
Lewis Hamilton won the F1 championship in 2020. He delivered high drama and high emotions worthy of one of the greatest champions Formula One has ever produced. Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park to seal the 2020 F1 championship in style. He now holds Seven F1 Driver’s Championship Titles, equalling the ones held by Michael Schumacher. Mercedes driver proves why he is the greatest of all times by starting 6th on the grid to win the championship.
With that win, Hamilton has achieved what many thought would be impossible, matching Michael Schumacher’s record tally and by doing so, he has become the most successful F1 driver in history
He could not have achieved it in greater style than with the panache and mastery he produced at Istanbul Park in what can rightly be described as a champion’s drive.
Head in his hands and in tears as he sat in his car after the race, even the world champion for whom winning has become commonplace seemed to struggle to take in this moment.
Shortly after he climbed from the cockpit he was speaking through the tears that he could still not quite contain when he stood on top of the podium. A moment even nature seemed ready to mark as the grey clouds that had loomed all day were banished by a dazzling rainbow bursting across the circuit.
Turkish Grand Prix 2020
It was a tense afternoon in Turkey.
After a difficult challenge in wet, and icy conditions that saw a number of drivers spinning, Lewis not only settled for points, but he ensured his title win was sealed in epic style.
He has been dominant in the entire 2020 season. Valteri Bottas who was the only contender for the world title finished 14th, and that helped Hamilton to secure his position as the most successful drive in F1 sport’s history.
Sergio Pérez was in second for Racing Point, with Sebastian Vettel third. The German’s Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc was in fourth. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fifth.
Talking on the team radio after taking the chequered flag, Hamilton said: “For all the kids out there who dream the impossible … you can do it too, man. I believe in you guys. Thank you so much everyone for your support.”
It was a dream come true for the newly crowned world champion. Speaking to Sky Sports after the race, Lewis Hamilton said, “We dreamed of this when I was young, when we were watching the grands prix … and this is way, way beyond our dreams. It’s so important for kids out there to hopefully see this – don’t listen to anybody that tells you that you can’t achieve something. Speak it into existence, you’ve got to work for it, you’ve got to chase it. Never give up and never doubt yourself.”
From Sixth on the Grid to the Flag
Having started from sixth, Hamilton took his time ensuring he stayed out of trouble until the conditions came to him and he stormed to the front to take a memorable win that perhaps defines why he has been so unstoppable this season.
Schumacher’s records were thought to be untouchable but Hamilton has not only matched some and beaten others but is in every position to set new benchmarks way beyond the German’s tallies.
He has already surpassed Schumacher’s records of race wins and poles with 94 and 97 respectively.
This season has been a lesson in why he has reached such heights. He has been simply indomitable with 10 wins and nine poles from 14 races; no driver has come close to even putting him under pressure, including Bottas, who is in identical, dominant Mercedes machinery.
In a season truncated to 17 races because of the pandemic, Hamilton has still closed it out with three in hand.
He needed only to beat Bottas to ensure he sealed his seventh title but the world champion sealed it decisively, with no sense of being tentative given what was at stake.
Driver’s and Constructors Double for Mercedes
The title also represents another milestone for Mercedes. Having secured the constructors’ championship at the last round in Imola, they now have taken a record seventh consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ double this weekend.
Mercedes Benz team have been unbeaten as a constructor since the turbo-hybrid era began in 2014 and for most of those years have been quite untouchable.
Hamilton and Mercedes knew this was going to be a difficult race. They had been off the pace all weekend, unable to bring their tyres into the correct operating window in the low temperatures and with the track surface offering very little grip.
The enthusiasm with which the drivers returned to Istanbul Park since it last hosted a race in 2011 had disappeared early in the weekend when it became clear that the track, which was resurfaced two weeks ago, remained very slippery, because the oils involved in the process had yet to dissipate.
Rain hit the circuit shortly before the off and conditions were treacherous on the opening lap. Lance Stroll was strong and led away from pole for Racing Point but Hamilton burst up the inside to claim third from sixth on the grid, while Bottas’s faint hopes had disappeared in mere seconds: he spun out after being clipped by Esteban Ocon through turn one, with the Finn relegated to 18th.
Hamilton Goes Wide at Turn 10 – Turkish Grand Prix 2020
Hamilton soon had drama of his own, however, going wide at turn 10 on lap two to drop him back to sixth, while Vettel had done superbly to come through from 11th to third.
Stroll held his lead well from his teammate Pérez, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen now in fourth as the frontrunners settled into a careful rhythm on the wet track, with both Racing Point cars looking comfortably in front of their rivals on pace.
With the track drying the teams began pitting for the intermediate tyres on lap seven. Verstappen stayed out slightly longer on the full wets but after pitting, a slow stop meant he still emerged in third behind Stroll and Pérez.
Hamilton was tucked in behind Vettel in fifth, keeping up a determined effort to pass the Ferrari. Indeed attempting to do so sent him wide on turn 11 allowing Alexander Albon to slip past.
The world champion was frustrated he could not pass Vettel, who was holding him up and clearly still harboured hopes he could catch the leaders. Stroll, showing remarkable composure out front, was eight seconds clear of Pérez by lap 16 but conditions remained tricky, as Verstappen had a big spin trying to pass Pérez on lap 18 and had to pit, having flat-spotted his tyres.
Who Won F1 Championship in 2020 – Hamilton’s Decisive Call
As the teams opted to stick with the inters through the second pitstops, Hamilton once more made a decisive call. He had reeled in the two leaders and insisted to the team he could stay out.
When Stroll pitted Hamilton swept past Pérez for the lead at turn 12 and swiftly opened up a 10-second gap, showing real pace in the clear air. To all fans, the answer to who won F1 championship in 2020 was being revealed right in front of them.
Hamilton’s worn intermediate tyres could have been a problem to him towards the end of the race. However, he judged it to perfection as the tyres wore their grooves down to slicks so the track had dried out and they proved perfectly suited for those conditions.
Mercedes team wanted him to make a late pit stop for fresh tyres to guard against any further rain but Hamilton over-ruled them. He chose to stay out.
He must have been thinking back to 2007 in China when his title efforts were derailed by a pit-stop.
Staying out was the world champion at the very top of his game. There was great pace, he had exemplary touch as other cars spun off, as well as a fine tactician’s grasp of the bigger picture.
While across the circuit drivers were still spinning off in droves, Hamilton was on rails. He remained on track without taking a second stop and claimed the flag, the title and his position as one of the greatest drivers of all time with ease, 30 seconds up the road from Pérez.
Verstappen was in sixth and his teammate Albon in seventh. McLaren’s Lando Norris was in eighth, Stroll in ninth and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in 10th.
By the end of the Turkish Grand Prix, you would have known who won F1 championship in 2020.