LEWIS HAMILTON sat in his Mercedes’ cockpit together with his palms masking his face as fought again the tears.
He’d simply gained a record-equalling seventh world type in typical type however was determined to not present any weak spot to his rivals.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates together with his trophy after victory in TurkeyCredit score: Getty Photographs
The Brit was in tears after successful his seventh world titleCredit score: AFP
Hamilton celebrates with Sebastian Vettel and Sergio PerezCredit score: Getty Photographs
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on the rostrumCredit score: Reuters
Victory number 94 got here as he crossed the road a whopping 31.6 seconds forward of Sergio Perez.
Hamilton stated: “My complete life I’ve secretly dreamt as excessive as this.
“I keep in mind watching Michael successful these championships. We all the time hear simply to get 1 or 2 and even 3 is so onerous to get – 7 is simply so unimaginable.
“There is no finish to what me and this staff can do collectively. What a day. Quite a bit to absorb.
“I really feel like I am solely simply getting began. I really feel bodily in nice form and mentally this 12 months has been the toughest 12 months for tens of millions of individuals and it is no totally different for us athletes.
“I am a bit misplaced for phrases. I believe naturally I’ve to say thanks to the staff. The journey we have been on is monumental.
“I wish to say additionally a giant thanks to staff LH for sticking with me all these years. And to my household who dreamed of this once we had been younger and watching the grand prix. That is manner past our goals.
“It is so essential for teenagers on the market to see this and know that do not hearken to anyone who tells you you’ll be able to’t obtain one thing. Dream the inconceivable and converse it into existence. You have to work for it, chase it and by no means quit.”
Hamilton wipes away the tears of pleasureCredit score: AFP
Lewis Hamilton tosses the trophy within the air as Sebastian Vettel appears to be like onCredit score: Reuters
Brit Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s file of seven titlesCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Lewis Hamilton raises his fists in delight after a seventh world titleCredit score: AP:Related Press
Solely needing to make sure he completed forward of his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who had a stinker and was left dizzy after quite a lot of spins, Hamilton might have performed it secure.
But when there may be one factor now we have learnt in regards to the 35-year-old throughout his profession is that he would not do issues the simple manner.
As an alternative of coasting dwelling, he thumped on the accelerator and thumped the brake pedal like his life trusted it.
There may be an argument that he solely wins races as a result of he has the most effective automotive. However in these moist slippery situations it’s easy; it was the most effective driver that gained.
Earlier than the race, there have been some anxious faces because the darkish clouds gathered over the Istanbul Park circuit and the heavens opened.
The rain had brought on havoc the day past to lead to an unlikely first pole place for Lance Stroll.
However there was one man who appeared an oasis of calm, regardless of what was at stake as Hamilton caught to his common pre-race routine.
The rain continued to fall and brought on some spins on the best way to the grid as Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell each discovered the boundaries earlier than limping again to the beginning.
As for the beginning itself, it was like these 1,000bhp vehicles had been caught in treacle as they sluggishly pulled away from the road.
It was like being at your native rink watching individuals take to the ice for the primary time, taking pigeon steps as they tried to get their steadiness.
Max Verstappen, pent up having missed out on pole the day past, barely moved ahead as Hamilton rapidly went from sixth to fourth.
In contrast, Bottas was tagged by Esteban Ocon and despatched into the primary of many spins for the day.
The Finn was powerless as he slid right into a 360 diploma spin that dropped him right down to 18th.
It was recreation over from Flip One on Lap one.
Hamilton gained his seventh world title on Sunday in TurkeyCredit score: AP:Related Press
The Brit nursed his Mercedes dwelling within the rain to win one other world crownCredit score: AP:Related Press
With Hamilton in fourth, he performed out an exhilarating duel with Sebastian Vettel over a handful of laps, because the German rolled again the years by ending within the prime three.
When Bottas stopped for intermediate tyres on the finish of lap seven, he had hauled himself again to fifteenth.
However he quickly began going backwards once more as he spun once more – a lot for all that rally expertise he did over final winter.
Then it was Hamilton’s flip to have a nervy second.
He bailed out of an try and overtake Vettel on Lap 16 and ran huge, permitting Alex Albon to cross, dropping Hamilton down a spot.
Out in entrance, Stroll was being caught by Perez and Verstappen till the Dutchman proved a bit of too eager and despatched right into a terrifying spin at 200mph.
Michael Schumacher gained seven world titles throughout his personal dominant professionCredit score: AP:Related Press
The German dominated within the early 2000s in his FerrariCredit score: AP:Related Press
By some means, he managed to maintain on the blackstuff and averted contact with the boundaries.
One other two spins for Bottas dropped him even additional again as Hamilton saved issues clear, regardless of maintaining the tempo.
It was like when the TV cameras at The Open reduce to the engraver writing the title of this 12 months’s winner on the Claret Jug.
No want for nervousness as Hamilton was handed an sudden double increase.
First, Vettel makes a gradual pitstop earlier than Albon spins, permitting the champ into third place.
A pitstop for Stroll promoted Hamilton to second on lap 36. He was in P1 a lap later after overtaking Perez.
Drivers began on the moist tyres after rain lashed down in IstanbulCredit score: Getty Photographs
Valtteri Bottas spun on the opening lap to all however finish his possibilities of extending the world championshipCredit score: Getty Photographs
A lot for taking it straightforward.
As for Bottas, he was despatched into one other THREE SPINS, and with 12 laps to go there was the final word indignity, as Hamilton lapped his teammate.
The Finn made life harder for the Brit as he refused to maneuver off the racing line.
Bottas, who trundled dwelling in 14th place, was left questioning – like others earlier than him – if he’ll ever get the higher of his teammate.
On being instructed he had 4 laps to go, the dead-pan Bottas replied: “I want it was much less.” And who might blame him?
The specter of a rain bathe on the ultimate few laps practically added one other twist as Hamilton warned his staff that the worn intermediate tyres wouldn’t work.
However the rain stayed away and as he carried out his post-race interviews an attractive rainbow arched its manner throughout the paddock.
Hamilton had conjured this win out of nothing, the pot of gold was a seventh title on the finish of 14-year lengthy rainbow.
The drivers participate in a message towards racismCredit score: Getty Photographs