Ferdinand and Lineker lead chorus of praise for Lewis Hamilton

‘The greatest sportsman this country has ever produced – no doubts’: Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and old rival Nico Rosberg lead chorus of praise for Lewis Hamilton on Twitter after British driver’s record-equalling seventh F1 world title

  • Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix to secure his seventh world title
  • British driver raced through the field in treacherous conditions to secure win
  • Sporting stars across the world took to Twitter to praise his achievements 
  • Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker believe Hamilton is one of the greatest ever 
  • Former Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg offers congratulations 

Stars from across the sporting world hailed Lewis Hamilton as he won a record-equalling seventh Formula One World Championship on Sunday.

Victory in a dramatic Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul saw Mercedes driver Hamilton match Michael Schumacher’s haul of world titles.

Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand posted on Twitter: ‘Just watched Lewis Hamilton drive to his 7th World title. The greatest sportsman this country has ever produced – no doubts.’

Lewis Hamilton made history by winning his seventh Formula One world title in Turkey

The Mercedes driver came through the pack to win a dramatic Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday 

In a follow-up tweet, Ferdinand posted a picture of the pair together and wrote ‘And he still has more chapters to come!’

Ex-England forward and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘Congratulations to Lew Hamilton on equalling Michael Schumacher’s 7 world titles. What an achievement. Has to be right up there alongside our greatest ever sportspeople. Stunning’.

His former Mercedes team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg posted: ‘7x 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.’

Rio Ferdinand led a chorus of praise for Hamilton and his achievements on Twitter

Haas driver Romain Grosjean wrote: ‘Didn’t think Michael record was ever going to be equalized. Very impressive. Congrats Mercedes F1 for the incredible work also.’

Hamilton was also congratulated by Barcelona, who posted an image of Hamilton wearing their blue and red colours.

‘Game recognises game. From all of the Barca family, congratulations Lewis Hamilton on your 7th F1 World Championship!’ They tweeted.

Amid the celebrations in Istanbul, Hamilton himself took to Twitter to offer his reflections on another moment of triumph.

He wrote: ‘7x Formula 1 World Champion. Wow. To everyone that has supported me along the way, this is for you. To my incredible family, where do I even start? I am eternally grateful for your unconditional love, sacrifices and support.

Hamilton himself took to Twitter amid the celebrations to pay tribute to his team and family

‘I wholeheartedly dedicate this to all of you, I hope I’ve made you proud today. #TeamLH, you guys have been there for me through absolutely every step of my career, this is for you…

‘To my closest friends that have made this challenging season more bearable by continuously lifting my spirits, thank you, this year would have been so much harder without you. To every rival that has pushed me to grow and become better, thank you, I share this with you too…

‘Last but not least, our most amazing team, @mercedesamgf1. We have grown so much together over the years. Thank you, and I share this with every one of you, especially Niki [Lauda]. We miss you every day. #S7ILLRISING.’

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