Lewis Hamilton wins seventh Formula 1 title - equals Michael Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has won a seventh World Championship and become the most successful racing driver ever with a masterful victory in the Turkish Grand Prix.

His victory has sealed the championship and his seventh title.

The Mercedes driver equalled Michael Schumacher's achievement in terms of titles, after already surpassing the German's number of race wins last month.

Hamilton admitted he found it hard to comprehend just how far the boy who had grown up on a council estate in Stevenage had come. “I am almost lost for words,” he said.

“We dreamed of this when I was young. It is so important for kids to see this, and don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t achieve something. Dream the impossible. You have got to chase it and never give up.” Now 35, Hamilton has been chasing his dreams in F1 for 14 seasons.

Hamilton, who does not yet have a contract for next year, added he would "love to stay" in F1 and wanted to continue to campaign for change when it comes to human rights, diversity and environmentalism.

The Englishman won his first world title with McLaren in 2008 with further successes in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

He trod carefully in the opening stages of the race and even made a couple of small mistakes as the drivers fought for grip in the wet conditions.

By five laps in he was in sixth place, well over 20 seconds off the lead held by Racing Point's Lance Stroll, ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was the first to pressure them, but fell out of contention when he lost control and spun behind Perez on lap 18, destroying his tyres and needing to stop again.

Ferrari pitted Vettel for fresh tyres on lap 33, having seen how quickly team-mate Charles Leclerc was going on his fresh intermediates, and then Albon spun at Turn Four.

That gave Hamilton a clean run to attack the Racing Points and he told his team: "Don't box [pit] me, man."

Despite Stroll saying he did not want to change tyres, Racing Point did pit the Canadian on lap 36, removing him from the lead and, shortly afterwards, Hamilton took the lead from Perez and never looked back.

Hamilton and Perez stayed out on worn tyres, as the Mercedes driver pulled away in the lead, his only concern being whether his worn intermediate tyres would last.

The team wanted him to make a late stop for fresh tyres to guard against any further rain but Hamilton, thinking back to 2007 in China when his title efforts were derailed by a pit-stop, insisted on staying out.By the chequered flag Hamilton was over 30 seconds clear of Pérez.

Behind Pérez, Vettel was third for Ferrari with his teammate Charles Leclerc in fourth.McLaren’s Carlos Sainz finished fifth.Max Verstappen was in sixth and his Red Bull teammate Alexander Albon in seventh.

Schumacher’s records were thought to be untouchable but Hamilton has not only matched one and beaten others, he is also in a great position to set new benchmarks way beyond the German’s tallies.

This season he has been indomitable with 10 wins and nine poles from 14 races.Hamilton only had to beat Bottas in Turkey to ensure he took the title.