Media playback is not supported on this device What is Lewis Hamilton’s greatest achievement?
Lewis Hamilton’s seventh F1 world title win was a historic moment for the sport as well as his McLaren team.
The Briton’s dominant performance, with a dominant race victory at Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit, was the fourth win in a row for the world champion.
It also followed the milestone 600th race for McLaren as a one-two with Jenson Button fifth.
Hamilton’s achievement ranks alongside Michael Schumacher’s seven.
“I cannot believe it,” said Hamilton, who came to pole on Saturday to take his 40th podium, three ahead of Schumacher.
“Thank you so much to everyone here in Baku for an incredible race. I can’t thank you enough. You guys have always had my back.
“You are always going to be my boys no matter what happens. I am so, so proud and happy.”
What was Hamilton thinking?
Media playback is not supported on this device I was thinking of winning – Hamilton
Hamilton came into the race in a lead of 93 points over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Kimi Raikkonen in third following the Italian team’s return to qualifying after more than a year out of the race weekend following a serious crash at the 2015 Spanish Grand Prix.
Vettel saw off a challenge from Raikkonen for third – giving the German a tally of 15 wins to his Mercedes team-mate’s 44 – in the race, with Hamilton never threatened and completing a record-equalling seventh win in a row.
He may not have been challenged for the win but when asked how he approached the race, Hamilton said: “I was thinking about winning.
“It is definitely one of the best performances I have had. It was so strong, where everyone can see. The car has developed fantastically.
“It is pretty evident Ferrari deserve to be in the front because of what they are doing. I need to keep doing better but for me today I really enjoyed it.
“I have always said I do not see the competition as the guys in front, but the guys that are coming behind me because they are racing each other as hard as they can. I just need to keep pushing for consistency, because consistency is the most important.”
How long can Mercedes continue?
The win was the 27-year-old’s third of the season – and at this stage of the season he could yet have the title wrapped up.
Vettel’s failed challenge ended a run of two races in which he was closing in on Hamilton, while the German was still down in fourth place following his retirement in Texas last time out.
Media playback is not supported on this device Lewis Hamilton reveals what it is like to win the world title
However, he could be joining his Ferrari team-mate in the new cockpit protection device from next year, meaning he is likely to be replaced on the grid in the coming years by an Australian-born 21-year-old, Kevin Magnussen, who scored his fifth podium finish in a row with a third-place finish for Haas on Sunday.
And Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has conceded Vettel’s hopes of winning the title are over – saying there will be no more excuses for losing battles with Hamilton in the near future.
“We’re very satisfied,” said Arrivabene. “Lewis won. It’s a real fight but we won, we need to congratulate him.”
Switzerland’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who will leave Toro Rosso at the end of the season, was sixth for Toro Rosso, followed by Nico Hulkenberg – who was runner-up at Silverstone last time out.
Renault pair Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer finished 10th and 11th respectively – on his 200th drive in Formula 1.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was runner-up at Silverstone in the last race and took a podium at Baku City Circuit
Kevin Magnussen finished third in the second place in the second row
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