Lewis Hamilton, the long-time king of Formula One, equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles by winning the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton clinched the title with victory in Sunday’s race at the Circuit de Catalunya, with the Mercedes driver having only to finish on the podium to have the championship sewn up.
The driver was toasted by Mercedes team chiefs at the team’s swanky paddock HQ following his thrilling victory, as he became the first British driver since Jackie Stewart at the age of 43 to take three Formula One world titles.
“This is a very special moment for me,” said Hamilton. “I can’t lie, I’m speechless. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me over the years.”
The 33-year-old said he had been waiting to celebrate his latest triumph for a long time. “I have been waiting for a long time,” he added. “I’ve put so much effort in this year and finally it’s finally happened.”
Hamilton was asked if he now wants to try and emulate the five titles taken by Schumacher. “Of course! For sure. He set such a high standard.”