Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton set his seventh career world championship on Sunday, tying Michael Schumacher’s record.
Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel for the 2018 championship after winning the Mexican Grand Prix at the Circuito Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Vettel finished third, 74 points behind the Mercedes driver.
“I’m just so happy to be here at the most special moment of my career,” Hamilton said during the post-race presentation. “I said when I got into Formula One that it’s going to be a fantastic journey, and it’s gone from strength to strength. The support I’ve got from you guys over the years and everything else is just tremendous.”
Hamilton overtook Schumacher’s world championship tally in 2012 and was chased by the German legend for five years. But after winning six world titles between 2013 and 2017, Hamilton reclaimed the title on Sunday, putting him alongside former Ferrari driver Schumacher and Nigel Mansell.
The 31-year-old Briton completed his 99th career race, making him the youngest Formula One champion.
The finish was somewhat disappointing for Hamilton, who appeared to touch the car of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap while starting from the pole position. The rules, however, stipulate that if a driver makes contact with another car, it should be penalized during the race, not the start.