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Lewis Hamilton wins seventh F1 world title to equal Michael Schumacher’s record

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mirror– The Mercedes driver needed to finish ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Turkey to claim the world championship.

And his first place finish at the Turkish Grand Prix allowed him to seal his fourth title in a row.

Hamilton and Bottas qualified sixth and ninth respectively but the Brit had an excellent start while the Finn was sent spinning at the first corner.

It left Bottas near the back of the pack while Hamilton spent much of the early stages battling the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

The treacherous conditions at Istanbul Park made for an entertaining race that ebbed and flowed.

Reading the track proved key as drivers transitioned from wets to intermediates.

Hamilton’s racecraft, tyre management and experience proved to be the difference though as he took his 94th Formula One win.

It was only last month that the 35-year-old registered his 91st win at the Nurburgring to equal the then record number of wins.

A record he has since made his own.

And while world title number eight, which would set him apart in the history books, remains an appealing carrot Hamilton is yet to sign a new deal with the Silver Arrows.

Team boss Toto Wolff has maintained that they would sit down at the negotiating table once the world championship had been secured.

So news on the Brit’s future shouldn’t be far away.

 

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen looked quickest on Saturday and continued that trend on Sunday.

But a lack of patience and several spins undermined his challenge as he eventually finished sixth ahead of Alex Albon.

Pole sitter Lance Stroll performed impressively for large periods before pitting for inters dented his challenge.

He eventually finished ninth while team-mate Sergio Perez came home in second.

The two Ferraris performed nicely in the rain with Vettel claiming the final podium spot and Charles Leclerc finishing fourth.