A superb 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 have been pushed not simply by my need to win on the monitor, however by a need to assist push our sport, and our world to turn out to be extra various and inclusive. I promise you I’m not going to cease preventing for change. We’ve a protracted solution to go however I’ll proceed to push for equality inside our sport, and inside the larger world we reside in.
“Equaling Michael Schumacher’s report places a highlight on me that I do know will not be right here perpetually. So, when you’re right here, paying consideration, I need 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 isn’t 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’s broadly anticipated so as to add to his tally of world titles — saying on the rostrum after the race that he felt “like I am solely simply getting began” — and his place in F1’s pantheon has lengthy since been assured.
He’s 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 turned considered one of sport’s main voices in help of the Black Lives Matter motion.
With Hamilton being a power 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 carrying black uniforms and the halos of each vehicles that includes the decision to “Finish 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 game is to enter, primarily due to the monetary prices concerned.
“The very fact is I’m bi-racial … and there’s colorism that folks ought to maybe examine.
“Once I was youthful I did not have anyone within the sport that appeared like me so it was simple to assume that is not doable to get there as a result of no person of your color has ever been there, you do not see any Black individuals in F1.
“However hopefully this sends a message to the youngsters which can be watching … that it does not matter the place you come from, no matter your background, it’s so vital to you to dream large.
“You possibly can create your personal path and that’s what I’ve been capable of do, and it has been so robust. Powerful does not even describe how laborious it has been.”
Instantly after the race, Hamilton sat in his automobile together with his head buried in his palms and struggled to carry again the tears.
“Very not often do I lose management of my feelings however I keep in mind these previous couple of laps and I used to be simply telling myself to maintain it collectively,” Hamilton instructed reporters.
“Once I got here throughout the road it actually hit me and I simply burst into tears.
“I did not need the visor to come back up and folks to see the tears as a result of I at all times would say you’ll by no means see me cry. I keep in mind watching different drivers cry up to now, and I used to be like, I’m by no means going to do this, however 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. Nobody 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 thus far this yr.