Lewis Hamilton equalizes Schumacher record with F1 win in China

Photo Lewis Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One world titles after his team-mate Valtteri Bottas won the Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton led from start to finish, with Bottas finishing a close…

Lewis Hamilton equalizes Schumacher record with F1 win in China

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Lewis Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula One world titles after his team-mate Valtteri Bottas won the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton led from start to finish, with Bottas finishing a close second, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to round out the top five.

Hamilton, who started from third on the grid, controlled his way through the race to match Ferrari legend Schumacher, who claimed seven championships in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

A podium finish for Hamilton will take him closer to rival Vettel, who currently leads him by 16 points in the drivers’ championship.

Hamilton, who didn’t speak to the media following his race, thanked fans and tweeted a message to his competitors.

Thanks to everyone who has supported throughout the year, you gave me the drive to go on and win another title. — Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 19, 2016

Team boss Toto Wolff was also quick to congratulate Hamilton.

Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg won the opening race of the season in Australia earlier this month, while Hamilton, Vettel and team-mate Nico Rosberg finished 1-2-3 in Bahrain.

“It’s been a phenomenal year for him, but this is the second time he has beaten Vettel,” Wolff said.

“Hopefully in the next couple of races we will see the level of Vettel that he has been on in the previous races.”

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