British racing driver Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix to close out his seventh Formula One world title.
The Mercedes driver claimed the world record championship to become the most successful Formula One driver of all time after winning a wet and slippery Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday.
The only 35-year-old rival and teammate Valtteri Bottas in what was a nightmarish afternoon for the touring Finn.
Prior to this, Hamilton already had more race, pole and podium victories than any other driver in the history of the sport.
“I’m definitely a little lost for words,” Hamilton said after taking the number seven title, fighting back tears.
“I have to start by thanking all of our guys here and back at our two factories. I couldn’t be here if I didn’t join this team and the journey we’ve been on has been monumental. I’m so proud
“And I have my family to thank. We dreamed of this when we were young, watching the Grand Prix, and this is far, far beyond our dreams. “
It was Hamilton’s 94th career victory, three more than Michael Schumacher achieved. It was also notable in that it started in sixth place and then delivered a tire skill and handling masterclass to get there.
“I remember watching Michael win the championships, and just getting one, two or three is very difficult to do. Seven is simply unimaginable.
“What a day. There is a lot to assimilate.”
The champion then added: “I feel like I’m just getting started. I feel physically in very good shape. This year has been a challenge that I did not know how to overcome, but with the help of the people around me I managed to keep my head above the water and concentrate.
“I am very hopeful for a better year next year and I would love to stay [at Mercedes]. I feel like we have a lot of work to do here, we just started our work to hold ourselves accountable. I want to help Formula 1, I want to help Mercedes on that journey ”.
Bottas, who came home 14 after saying with four laps to go that he wished the race was over, also offered his congratulations as Hamilton celebrated with his ecstatic teammates.