A frantic rain-soaked race from beginning to end where numerous drivers could have won at Instanbul Park, but Lewis Hamilton took control and raced from 6th all the way to victory for his 94th F1 win.
He is now notching up his F1 wins week-by-week after only breaking the all-time F1 win record a few weeks ago.
Maybe all along it favoured Hamilton to win from 6th on the grid as the last time he started there in Silverstone 2014, he won by 30 seconds. Hamilton is no stranger from coming through the pack to win, but with the Mercedes not heating up its tyres like the rest of the grid, maybe a podium was only going to be possible.
In a mixed-up qualifying where we saw Lance Stroll on pole position in the Racing Point, the Mercedes cars qualified 6th and 9th on Saturday where hamilton said “I did the best I could. I didn’t spin, I didn’t really make any mistakes. I did everything I could with what I had.”
Hamilton made a good start jumping to third place before the first corner after both Red Bulls had poor starts dropping down the field dramatically. As for most of the weekend, The Red Bulls were able to fire up their tyres the quickest and were soon overtaking Hamilton again including Sebastian Vettel who kept the Mercedes driver behind him for most of the race.
Stroll and Perez seemed to be running away with it, but as the track was drying, Stroll made his second pit-stop for a new set of intermediates he fell away and eventually finished 9th. Strolls drop down the grid wasn’t to be expected, it really could have been anyone’s as Max Verstappen’s charge on Perez left him spinning and heading to the pits for a new set of tyres, Hamilton was still chasing Vettel.
With Verstappen seemingly too far behind, it felt like Hamilton just had to keep it on the road and he could maybe make a podium. But this is a wet-weather race, so still anything could happen…and it did.
Alex Albon spun, Vettel pitted and it was only Perez left in front of him. He soon passed the Racing Point with 22 laps to go and all he needed to do was keep his tyres going until the end. The Mercedes team wanted to make a safety pit-stop, but Hamilton, in the end, overruled the team and said he wanted to stay out as he couldn’t trust what would happen as the pit lane was considerably wetter than the track.
A world-class drive from the now seven-time world champion.
Final classification on f1.com