Lewis Hamilton equals world title record with Turkish Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton has been crowned champion of the world for a record-equalling seventh time after he won a dramatic Turkish Grand Prix.

While those around him lost their cool, Hamilton 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, endured a miserable afternoon, spinning 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.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, second placed Sergio Perez of Mexico and Racing Point and third placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Murad Sezer - Pool/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) congratulates Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) after winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Kenan Asyali / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KENAN ASYALI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton reacts as he gets out of his car after winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Clive Mason / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CLIVE MASON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race and the 7th world championship after the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul on November 15, 2020. (Photo by TOLGA BOZOGLU / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA BOZOGLU/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Ozan Kose - Pool/Getty Images)
Spectators watch the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul on November 15, 2020. (Photo by MURAD SEZER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MURAD SEZER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 runs wide under pressure from George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Turkish Air Forces aerobatic demonstration team, 'SOLOTURK' performs ahead of the Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020 at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes stops in the Pitlane during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: People follow the Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020 at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes leads Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes and the rest of the field at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Murad Sezer - Pool/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on from the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Lewis Hamilton (44) of Mercedes competes during the Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020 at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey on November 15, 2020. (Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the first practice session at the Intecity Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul on November 13, 2020 ahead of the Turksish Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Kenan Asyali / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KENAN ASYALI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Kenan Asyali-Pool/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 12: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 12, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Antonin Vincent - Pool/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes leads Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Kenan Asyali-Pool/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 in the Pitlane during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 12: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 12, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing talks with a Red Bull Racing team member in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 12: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes Team speaks to press at the paddock of the Intercity Istanbul Park ahead of Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey on November 12, 2020. Teams made track walk at Intercity Istanbul Park as part of qualification lap on November 14 and the race on November 15. The Turkish Grand Prix will be held on Sunday at the Intercity Istanbul Park in Tuzla on the citys Asian side. (Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Renault Sport Formula One Team RS20 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia AlphaTauri prepares to drive in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia AlphaTauri prepares to drive in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari walks in the Paddock before practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 13: Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 13, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 12: Antonio Giovinazzi (99) of Alfa Romeo drives at Turkish Grand Prix 2020 training tour, at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey on November 12, 2020. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 12: Lewis Hamilton (44) of Mercedes team drives at Turkish Grand Prix 2020 training tour, at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey on November 12, 2020. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Ozan Kose - Pool/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 makes a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 spins during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Tolga Bozoglu - Pool/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 15: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Tolga Bozoglu - Pool/Getty Images)
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But 5,922 days later, Hamilton, the man who grew up on a Stevenage council estate, has now matched the great 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.

After defying the odds to take pole position here, Racing Point's Lance Stroll led from team-mate Sergio Perez for much of the race.

But the Canadian's afternoon began to unravel in the final third. Stroll's intermediate tyres were shot and after defying the pit wall's decision to stop for new rubber he eventually surrendered his lead on lap 37. He would finish ninth.

On the same lap as Stroll's stop, Hamilton – now promoted to third after Sebastian Vettel took on new tyres and Alexander Albon spun in his Red Bull – was suddenly in contention to win.

As he approached the 12th bend, Hamilton swooped round the outside of Perez to take the lead.

From there, the 35-year-old was in a class of one. On older tyres, he lapped the 3.3 miles of recently relayed asphalt at the Istanbul Park circuit consistently faster than anybody else.

It was a mesmerising performance that drew parallels with one of his finest afternoons behind the wheel of a Formula One machine, at Silverstone in 2008, when he romped to victory in similarly testing conditions.

He would go on to win his maiden title that year in Brazil. In a dozen years, it is a feat he has managed to achieve on six additional occasions and must now be considered among the greatest British sportspersons of all time.

Max Verstappen is the obvious heir to Hamilton's throne, but where the Englishman rarely put a foot wrong on Sunday, the Red Bull man blew his chance of winning when he spun while battling Perez for second. He also had to stop for new tyres three times before crossing the line in sixth.

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