By Norma Isaac Mwambazi
The Turkish Grand Prix that happened in Istanbul yesterday Sunday, November 15, 2020, was no ordinary race for British driver Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton, who holds the record for most pole positions started this particular race in an unfamiliar position of sixth, and his position remained unchanged for the first laps of the race.
But as a beast of a driver that he is, he managed to cross the finishing line fastest at 1:42:19:313, ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez Mendoza and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
This win, which was Hamilton’s 94th, the most by any Formula One driver, meant that the Mercedes man is the Formula One World Champion for the seventh time, tying with the legendary Michael Schumacher.
This was also Hamilton’s fourth consecutive championship (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020), also one behind, again, Schumacher, who won five consecutively from 2000 to 2004. Lewis Hamilton is arguably the most successful British Formula One driver of all time.
The energetic, but emotionally driven 35-year-old world champion thanked his team at Mercedes and fans for believing in him, and sent out a message to all kids to dram big, because anything is possible.
“To all the kids out there, dream the impossible. I know I often say it is beyond my wildest dreams, but my whole life secretly I have dreamt as high as this.
“Seven is just unimaginable but when you work with such a great group of people and you really trust each other, there is just no end to what you can do together,” Hamilton said after popping the winners’ champagne.
He added, “I feel like I’m only just getting started, it’s really weird.”
The Englishman won his first world title with McLaren in 2008.