Lewis Hamilton says his dominant wet-weather victory at the Turkish Grand Prix was his “stand-out performance” of the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Hamilton propelled himself into the record books this year after equaling Michael Schumacher’s seven drivers’ titles, winning 11 races on route to the championship.
It proved just one of the records that Hamilton would rewrite in 2020, as he also surpassed Schumacher’s record of 91 race victories, finishing the year with 95 to his name.
The Briton’s campaign had several highlights, including a dominant pole in wet conditions in Styria and a dramatic win at the British Grand Prix after suffering a puncture on the final lap.
But when looking back on the season, Hamilton singled out Turkey as his best display.
“Turkey, naturally is the closest one to memory, because it was not that long ago,” Hamilton said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“I think that was [the best] for me, in the circumstances we were faced with as drivers, and with it being so pressured, the championship could be won in that moment.
“I would say that for me was my stand-out performance.”
Hamilton’s drive from sixth on the grid was only the third time in his career he had triumphed when starting from lower than fifth place.
A risky one-stop strategy on a low-grip track surface at Istanbul Park paid off, with the Mercedes driver finishing 30 seconds clear of the field.
With team-mate and nearest title rival Valtteri Bottas finishing outside the points, Hamilton wrapped up a seventh championship crown with three races remaining.
In a season that due to the ongoing pandemic was delayed until July, and with no certainty of how many races would go ahead, Hamilton said he saw no reason to alter his approach.
“I always take it one race at a time, it doesn’t change the approach at all,” Hamilton said.
“It’s just the season started much later, which meant that the normal build up, the normal race prep that I would have in building up to the first grand prix and arriving ready to peak shortly after – and then there was no races for a period of time.
“It was just trying to discover the best way to train and prepare yourself for the opportunity if it comes along that the season is going to start.
“It was weird to start mid-year, and all be in Europe and have back the triple-headers. But I think we showed strength and real depth this year as a team.”