Lewis Hamilton and his record-equalling F1 title: The evolution of a racing maestro

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Shared News: November 16, 2020 9:21:05 am
Lewis Hamilton with the championship trophy after winning the Turkish GP. (Reuters)

One look at Lewis Hamilton’s tyres after the Turkish Grand Prix conveys a lot about why he was always going to be the man to match Michael Schumacher’s legacy. His Michelins blistered and peeling off the edges, the Brit won the race in the rain despite a disastrous qualifying session and secured the points needed to secure his seventh Formula One title, equalling the legendary German driver’s record.

What he did

In the modern era of Formula One, managing tyres has always been the key to staying at the top and no one has really evolved alongside the sport in the manner that Hamilton has. From being a pedal-to-the-metal driver who went through six years of not winning a title during Red Bull’s era of dominance, to achieving the level of mastery he has in managing his Mercedes’ tyres – Hamilton recognised the direction the sport was taking and changed his style accordingly.

While most cars pitted multiple times in order to counter the wet conditions in Turkey on Sunday, Hamilton was one of only two drivers who ran their races on single-stop strategies and intermediate tyres. What is incredible is that Hamilton started sixth on the grid and finished with an over-30 second advantage over the next driver.

What he has achievedWhat he said

After the race, an overwhelmed Hamilton said, “I remember watching Michael winning those championships and all us drivers here are always doing our best job we can. Just to get one, or two, or even three, it’s so hard to get. Seven is just unimaginable.”

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