Seven times World Champion Hamilton: ‘Monumental journey’

โ€œ This is for all the children who have a dream: keep believing in it, because you can do this,โ€ cried an emotional Lewis Hamilton on the board radio just after capturing his seventh world title in Formula One, a match of Michael Schumacher‘s record.

The 35-year-old Brit came with a street-length lead over the line at Turkey’s soaked and tumultuous Grand Prix, thus securing the world title. โ€œI don‘t know what to sayโ€, he stamped after the race. โ€œIt’s been a monumental journey.โ€

โ€œ I must first thank everyone at Mercedes for the great work,โ€ said the brand new world champion and 94-time GP winner. โ€œWe had a hard time this weekend and did everything we could.โ€

Hamilton started in Istanbul from sixth place, after a disappointing qualification result. The track in Istanbul turned out to be slippery from the very first moment and Mercedes struggled with those conditions. โ€œWe have learned a lot to take steps forward, and that is important.โ€

Hard start

Even during the race on Sunday it didn‘t go exactly according to plan at Hamilton. โ€œAt the beginning, I had a rather difficult time with the rain tires. I couldn’t get past Sebastian Vettel and when Alexander Albon caught up with me, I thought the race would slip out of my hands. But I kept on going.โ€

Successfully, because about twenty laps before the end of the race, the British was in the lead and he was no longer able to finish it.

โ€œ I dreamed of this when I was young,โ€ the Mercedes driver said about another world title. โ€œI looked at the grands prix and wanted to drive there later.โ€

‘Never give up’

Hamilton, who also had to shed some tears, finally spoke to the younger generation in his reaction. โ€œDon‘t listen to people who say you can’t. Never give up!โ€