As Lewis Hamilton celebrates his seventh Formula One title, we round-up the best of the world’s reaction to his record-equalling achievement.
Hamilton executed a superb one-stop strategy to win the Turkish Grand Prix and with it the title, ultimately ending the title hopes of Mercedes’ teammate – Valtteri Bottas who endured a torrid race full of spins.
Bottas however was amongst the first to congratulate Hamilton on his achievement, posting a tweet in which he congratulated his teammate.
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) November 15, 2020
Bottas was soon followed by several other F1 drivers who paid their own tributes to Hamilton’s historic moment, including Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.
And of course, a huge congratulations to @LewisHamilton for being a seven times World Champion. What an achievement!
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) November 15, 2020
We had a very difficult race in these tricky conditions and we struggled from the start to the end. It’s a race to forget, to be honest. Congrats to Lewis and his team on an incredible 7th World Championship! 👏 #TurkishGP 🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/uq26I2nZn5
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) November 15, 2020
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) November 15, 2020
Congrats @LewisHamilton, you’re the man! Setting the bar ridiculously high for us to chase. Enjoy the moment 👊
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) November 15, 2020
FIA President, Jean Todt tweeted of Hamilton’s performance as a ‘most beautiful way’ to clinch a seventh F1 title.
— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt) November 15, 2020
We got a flying start to the race moving up to P3, unfortunately we got unlucky after that in the 1st lap…
Big congratulations to @LewisHamilton for an amazing achievement today! pic.twitter.com/oaQ5b8TJMY
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) November 15, 2020
Congrats on the 7th 🏆 @LewisHamilton, stellar work
— Lance Stroll (@lance_stroll) November 15, 2020
Several teams also praised Hamilton for his latest title with Racing Point in particular posting a humorous tweet about their unsuccessful attempt to ‘steal the limelight’ off the Brit.
We did our best to steal the limelight but in the end the plaudits go to @LewisHamilton today 👏
Huge congratulations from all of us on a truly phenomenal achievement 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
— BWT Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) November 15, 2020
“WHAT A WAY TO DO IT, MATE. WHAT A WAY TO WIN YOUR SEVENTH WORLD TITLE!”
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) November 15, 2020
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) November 15, 2020
Well done to @LewisHamilton on winning a 7th World Championship, from everyone at Haas F1 Team 👏
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) November 15, 2020
— Zak Brown (@ZBrownCEO) November 15, 2020
Elsewhere, several ex and potentially future F1 drivers also paid tribute to Hamilton’s success with Marcus Ericsson, Theo Pourchaire and Mercedes’ Formula E driver- Stoffel Vandoorne amongst those offering their congratulations.
Congrats @LewisHamilton 7 time world champion 🏆. He might have had the best car these years. But he’s also been the best driver. Today was a prime example of that in extreme conditions. Also 👏🏻 great race @SChecoPerez and #Vettel completing the podium #F1Turkey @F1
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) November 15, 2020
I’ve raced you since go-kart, F3, GP2 & some F1
In my opinion you are the best-ever out there.
The ability to do multiple stuff without losing the focus is also astonishing.
— Lucas di Grassi (@LucasdiGrassi) November 15, 2020
— Théo Pourchaire (@TPourchaire) November 15, 2020
— billywhizz (@BillyMonger) November 15, 2020
Witnessing greatness! Congratulations Lewis! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/l602MEUSHY
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) November 15, 2020
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) November 15, 2020
7 x World Champion – that’s insane! Massively deserved. Surely one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports. Congratulations Lewis and enjoy the celebrations with your family and friends. #TurkishGP #F1
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) November 15, 2020
Ultimately, Hamilton’s success transcended across not just F1 and junior categories with FC Barcelona and Hamilton’s hometown club, Stevenage amongst football teams and stars from sport, entertainment and politics posting celebratory messages.
— Stevenage FC 🔴⚪ (@StevenageFC) November 15, 2020
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 15, 2020
What a race!!!! @LewisHamilton @MercedesAMGF1 Ridiculous win! Another world title! But to win in that way in those conditions. Unbelievable 🙌🏾👌🏾👌🏾#champ #7 Seven!!!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇😆#inspiring #stillirise
— Lemar (@Lemar) November 15, 2020
Congratulations to @LewisHamilton on equalling Michael Schumacher’s 7 world titles. What an achievement. Has to be right up there alongside our greatest ever sportspeople. Stunning. 🐐
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 15, 2020
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 15, 2020
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 15, 2020
🥇 Huge congratulations to @LewisHamilton 🥇
One of our greatest sports stars 🇬🇧 https://t.co/wJ9ZnJzZoo
— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) November 15, 2020
When you grew up with a sportsman like Michael Schumacher dominating racing it seemed implausible that this country would ever have anyone like that. Huge congratulations to @LewisHamilton you are a true British sporting icon 👏🏼
— Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) November 15, 2020
Congrats Lewis – magnificent achievement. 👏👏👏 https://t.co/I2UMfHPmj1
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 15, 2020
MotoGP meanwhile crowned a maiden champion in Suzuki’s Joan Mir with both series and Mir paying tribute’s to both Hamilton and Mir’s title successes.
It wasn’t just @JoanMirOfficial crowned champion today! 🥇
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) November 15, 2020
Two champions crowned on a special Sunday 🤩
— Formula 1 (@F1) November 15, 2020
— JoanMir36 (@JoanMirOfficial) November 15, 2020
Finally, Lewis Hamilton tweeted his own thoughts on his achievement whilst urging young people to ‘Never give up, keep fighting, and let keep rising to the occasion.’
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 15, 2020