Sebastian Vettel’s tribute to Lewis Hamilton after his seventh F1 title win

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Sebastian Vettel said he was happy to be able to be on the track when Lewis Hamilton won his seventh World Championship, as the F1 world paid tribute to the British driver’s historic achievement.

Although Vettel admitted it was difficult to see Hamilton match and, in many cases, to break all-time records set by his childhood hero Michael Schumacher, the four-time champion praised the accomplishments. history of its generational rival.

Vettel shared the podium with Hamilton at Istanbul Park on Sunday, finishing third in his best result in a disappointing Ferrari last season, and personally congratulated the new seven-time champion when the Mercedes driver pulled into the parc fermé.

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Sebastian Vettel on his first podium of the season and a few warm words of praise for eternal rival Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel on his first podium of the season and a few warm words of praise for eternal rival Lewis Hamilton

“He drove wonderfully,” Vettel told Sky Sports F1 after Hamilton won sixth place on the grid in difficult wet conditions.

“In all honesty it’s a good result for us but it’s his day if you write history like that. The first thoughts really go to him.

“It’s a huge achievement. I’m happy to be able to witness [it] firsthand. ”

Hamilton received praise from across the paddock.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who is the man many approached to ultimately succeed Hamilton as the sport’s main driver, said: “It was pretty obvious of course he was going to win, but it’s amazing. Very strong driver, of course also today, and I guess he is now the greatest driver in Formula 1 in terms of statistics.

“A great result for the whole team as well, they were so dominant. They really deserve it. “

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Watch this very special tribute: congratulatory messages to Lewis Hamilton from fans around the world as he becomes F1’s statistical GOAT

Watch this very special tribute: congratulatory messages to Lewis Hamilton from fans around the world as he becomes F1’s statistical GOAT

Daniel Ricciardo of Renault, who started the race alongside Hamilton in third place, said: “I saw him for the first few laps and I thought maybe everything will be fine today – but then he almost doubled me!

“To finish the season three races before the end with the title in a shortened season is domination. What can I say? Again, seven times, well done to Lewis. “

Rosberg sends congratulations to Hamilton

Friends turned teammates became big rivals in the early years of Mercedes’ era of domination, Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought the fiercest title battles of recent years in 2014-16.

Rosberg, the last man to deny Hamilton the title four years ago before retiring from F1, sent his congratulations on social media after the race.

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