Lewis Hamilton wins 7th Formula One championship to equal Michael Schumacher’s record

Lewis Hamilton secured a record-equaling seventh Formula One title after winning a wet and gloomy Turkish Grand Prix for a record-extending 94th victory on Sunday.

Victory number 94 came as he crossed the line a whopping 31.6 seconds ahead of Sergio Perez.

Hamilton said: “My whole life I’ve secretly dreamt as high as this.

“I remember watching Michael winning those championships. We always hear just to get 1 or 2 or even 3 is so hard to get – 7 is just so unimaginable.

“There’s no end to what me and this team can do together. What a day. A lot to take in.“I feel like I’m only just getting started. I feel physically in great shape and mentally this year has been the hardest year for millions of people and it’s no different for us athletes.

“I’m a bit lost for words. I think naturally I have to say thank you to the team. The journey we’ve been on is monumental.

Hamilton now stands alongside F1 great Michael Schumacher on seven titles, having replaced the German great at Mercedes in 2013.

Hamilton only needed to finish ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas to seal his sixth title for Mercedes, and Bottas placed a lowly 14th after making a poor start.

Hamilton’s other title was with McLaren in 2008.

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