Lewis Hamilton fights back tears as he reacts to historic seventh F1 world title

Lewis Hamilton fought back tears after winning a record-equalling seventh world title in devastating fashion.

While his rivals struggled in wet and slippery conditions in Turkey, the Mercedes star kept his cool to clinch the crown with three races to spare.

The 35-year-old matched Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's seven titles in style too, lapping sole title rival and team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton is now the most decorated driver the sport has ever seen, with the Briton also boasting more race wins, pole positions and podium finishes than any other driver.

"I know I often say it's beyond my wildest dreams but I think my whole life I have secretly dreamt as high as this. It felt so far-fetched," said Hamilton after his 10th win from 14 races this year.

"I remember watching Michael winning the championships, and just to get one, or two, or three. It's so hard to get. Seven is just unimaginable.

"I'm definitely a bit lost for words. I've got to say thank you to my family. We dreamed of this when we were young, watching the Grand Prix, and this is way, way beyond our dreams.

"It's so important for kids – dream the impossible. You've got to work for it, chase it, and never give up or doubt yourself."

Hamilton was running in fifth for much of the race but made his ageing tyres last for 50 of the 58 laps to finish a staggering 31.6 seconds clear of Sergio Perez.

"I thought the race was falling through my fingers but I kept believing and thought I'd pick up pace at some stage – and that's what I did," he added.

"I lost a world championship in the pit-lane, I learned my lesson from 2007, that's for sure. I felt like I really had it under control and I was going to deal with the rain if it dropped."

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