Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional tribute to Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes star won his seventh Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix to equal Michael Schumacher’s record as the most successful driver of all time.
Vettel and Hamilton shared the podium for the first time this season on Sunday.
The Ferrari driver, who has struggled this season after it was announced he would leave at the end of the year, finished third behind Hamilton and Sergio Perez.
Vettel produced a sublime drive to turn back the clock and was within touching distance of the Racing Point car.
But the aftermath of the race was all about Hamilton, who made history by equalling Schumacher’s record.
The Brit is now the joint most successful driver of all time after winning his seventh Drivers’ Championship.
Six of his seven championships came when he was battling with Ferrari ace Vettel, but the German was the first to congratulate Hamilton.
As soon as both parked their cars, Vettel went straight over to Hamilton and gripped his hand while speaking to him.
He was heard saying: “You have made history, man.”
Speaking afterwards, Hamilton, who is still locked in negotiations with Mercedes over an extension to his soon-to-expire contract, expressed he feels he has more to give in the sport.
He hinted that he has already set his sights on breaking the record for most Drivers’ Championship wins, and said he wants to remain with the Silver Arrows.
He added: “I feel like I’m only getting started.
“ I feel physically in great shape.
“This year has been a challenge that I didn’t know how to get through, but with the help of people around me I managed to just keep my head above water and stay focused.
“I’m really hopeful for a better year next year and I would love to stay.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of work to do here, we’ve only just started our work to make ourselves accountable.
“I want to help Formula 1, I want to help Mercedes in that journey.”
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