Formula One: Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher’s record, wins Turkish GP

On a wet and slippery Istanbul Park on Sunday, a teary Lewis Hamilton lifted his seventh Formula One world championship, hence equalling German great Michael Schumacher’s record. In the process, he became the most successful driver in F1 history. With the win in Turkey, Hamilton now has 94 career wins.

With more race wins, pole positions, and podium finish than anyone in the history of the sport, Hamilton added to his tally by winning the Turkish Grand Prix with three races to spare.

“Thank you so much guys…that’s for all the kids out there who dream the impossible. You can do it too man, I believe in you guys,” the Briton’s radio buzzed as he crossed the finish line.

Hamilton quipped at the post-match presser, “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 can do together. I feel like I’m only just getting started.”

Equalling the great Michael Schumacher’s record

Only Ferrari and Schumacher had seven titles before this. Let’s take a look at how both the racing greats compare:

Lewis Hamilton Michael Schumacher
Seven titles Seven titles
94 Career Wins 91 Career Wins
97 Pole Positions 68 Pole Positions
163 Podiums 155 Podiums
53 Fastest Laps 77 Fastest Laps
11 Wins in a Season 13 Wins in a Season
5 Successive Wins 7 Successive Wins
16 Successive Podiums 19 Successive Podiums
264 Careers Starts 306 Career Starts

Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park – Result

Hamilton finished 31.6 seconds clear of the second-placed Sergio Perez. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finished third which was his first podium this year. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took fourth place, after passing Perez on the last lap but then sliding wide, with Spaniard Carlos Sainz fifth for McLaren and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sixth.

Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was seventh with Lando Norris eighth for McLaren and taking a bonus point for the fastest lap. Australian Daniel Ricciardo was 10th for Renault.