It was a wet track at Istanbul Park, resulting in a chaotic Turkish Grand Prix. Despite the amount of slips and turns, Lewis Hamilton cruised past the field after starting sixth to win the race, clinching his seventh world championship in Formula 1.
As expected on the wet circuit, the first lap was chaos as Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas spun and Esteban Ocon was tagged by Ricciardo. Ocon was forced to change tires on lap two.
Sebastian Vettel had a fantastic start as he ran all the way up to third place from 11th. Stroll took advantage of his pole position early as he jumped out to a huge lead with Racing Point teammate Sergio Perez running second.
Starting around lap seven, the teams started to switch from the wet tires to the intermediates. On lap 13, Stroll built himself a 10-second lead over Perez and Verstappen after they suffered slow pit stops. Antonio Giovinazzi was forced to retire from the race a lap later due to a mechanical issue, bringing out the Virtual Safety Car.
On lap 16, the battle for fourth heated up as Alexander Albon passed Hamilton for fifth and Vettel for fourth one lap later. Two laps later, Verstappen spun out while trying to pass Perez for second, forcing him to pit. He came out of pit road in eighth place.
On lap 34, Ferrari once again held up Vettel on pit lane and Albon spun out and lost control, forcing him to pit. Hamilton jumped to third, followed by Verstappen. Stroll pitted on lap 37 as Hamilton passed Perez for the lead. Stroll was passed by the two Ferraris for fourth and fifth place two laps later.
Charles Leclerc worked his way up the leaderboard and passed Verstappen for third on lap 44. Two laps later, Hamilton lapped his teammate, Bottas.
On the final lap, Leclerc passed Perez for second but his tires locked up, allowing Perez to reclaim second, and Vettel passed him as well to take third place. This was Perez’s best finish since the 2012 Italian Grand Prix and Vettel picked up his first podium in 2020. Leclerc finished fourth.
Hamilton defeated Perez by over 25 seconds to clinch his seventh world championship, tying Michael Schumacher’s record for the most.
Sainz finished fifth, followed by Verstappen and Albon at sixth and seventh. Lando Norris finished eighth and Stroll finished ninth after starting on the poll.
Ricciardo rounded out the top 10.
Formula 1 heads to the Bahrain International Circuit for the Bahrain Grand Prix in two weeks.