- The race had started poorly for Mercedes which saw Valtteri Bottas sent into the first of many spins.
LEWIS Hamilton has been crowned champion of the world for a record-equalling seventh time after winning the Turkish Grand Prix.
The British Mercedes driver delivered his best display of the season to claim his 10th win from 14 rounds and emulate Michael Schumacher’s all-time title haul with three rounds to spare.
Hamilton was running in fifth for much of an eventful race but used all of his experience to make his intermediate tyres last for 50 of the 58 laps to take the chequered flag a staggering 31.6 seconds clear of Sergio Perez, with Sebastian Vettel third and Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc fourth.
Valtteri Bottas, the only man who could have prevented Hamilton from wrapping up the title here, spun twice and finishing 14th. Indeed, Hamilton put a lap on his crestfallen team-mate with a dozen laps to go.
Hamilton’s remarkable performance was befitting of a driver who can now claim to be the most decorated the sport has ever seen.
Schumacher won his seventh title at the Belgian Grand Prix in 2004. It was a record many thought would stand the test of time.
But 5,922 days later, Hamilton, the man who grew up on a Stevenage council estate, has now matched the German with his sixth championship in seven stunning years.
Hamilton also has more wins (94), more poles (97) and more podiums (163) than any driver who has gone before. – F1 ■