An excellent drive throughout a rain-soaked Turkish Grand Prix ensured Hamilton not solely received the race — for a record-extending 94th Grand Prix victory — but in addition equaled Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven world titles, the one remaining report of the German nice that the Englishman has not but surpassed.
“Seven World Championships means the world to me, I can not even describe how a lot, however there’s nonetheless one other race we have but to win,” the publish learn.
“This yr I’ve been pushed not simply by my need to win on the observe, however by a need to assist push our sport, and our world to develop into extra various and inclusive. I promise you I’m not going to cease combating for change. We have a protracted option to go however I’ll proceed to push for equality inside our sport, and throughout the larger world we stay in.
“Equaling Michael Schumacher’s report places a highlight on me that I do know will not be right here ceaselessly. So, when you’re right here, paying consideration, I wish to ask everybody to do their half in serving to to create a extra equal world. Let’s be extra accepting and kinder to one another. Let’s make it so that chance will not be one thing that’s depending on background or pores and skin color.”
No driver within the sport’s historical past has received as many races, secured as many pole positions or completed on the rostrum as many instances as Hamilton. He is broadly anticipated so as to add to his tally of world titles — saying on the rostrum after the race that he felt “like I’m solely simply getting began” — and his place in F1’s pantheon has lengthy since been assured.
He is the face of F1, but in addition its voice and conscience and has used his stature like no different F1 world champion. F1’s first and solely Black world champion in its 70-year historical past, this yr he grew to become one in all sport’s main voices in assist of the Black Lives Matter motion.
With Hamilton being a drive for change, Mercedes — well-known for its silver livery — unveiled an all-black automobile for this season in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, with the drivers sporting black uniforms and the halos of each automobiles that includes the decision to “End Racism.”
The Briton’s personal unbelievable story — his father, Anthony, juggled three jobs, re-mortgaged the household house and dipped into his life financial savings to maintain his son in karting — is an instance of how notoriously troublesome the sport is to enter, primarily due to the monetary prices concerned.
“The reality is I’m bi-racial … and there may be colorism that folks ought to maybe examine.
“When I used to be youthful I did not have anyone within the sport that seemed like me so it was straightforward to suppose that is not attainable to get there as a result of no one of your color has ever been there, you do not see any Black individuals in F1.
“But hopefully this sends a message to the children which can be watching … that it would not matter the place you come from, no matter your background, it’s so necessary to you to dream large.
“You can create your individual path and that’s what I have been in a position to do, and it has been so powerful. Tough would not even describe how laborious it has been.”
Immediately after the race, Hamilton sat in his automobile together with his head buried in his fingers and struggled to carry again the tears.
“Very not often do I lose management of my feelings however I bear in mind these previous couple of laps and I used to be simply telling myself to maintain it collectively,” Hamilton advised reporters.
“When I got here throughout the road it actually hit me and I simply burst into tears.
“I did not need the visor to return up and folks to see the tears as a result of I all the time would say you’ll by no means see me cry. I bear in mind watching different drivers cry up to now, and I used to be like, I’m by no means going to do this, nevertheless it was an excessive amount of.”
Hamilton wanted to complete eight factors forward of his teammate Valtteri Bottas to safe the title at Istanbul Park. He did so with ease, lapping the Finn who crossed the road in 14th to gather zero factors.
Driving in the identical Mercedes equipment, Bottas’ efficiency illustrated simply how superior a expertise Hamilton is. No one has come near difficult the world champion throughout this truncated season and he secured the title with three races nonetheless remaining, having received 4 races in a row and 10 of 14 races to date this yr.