Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s seven Formula One world titles, achieving the feat in dramatic fashion on Sunday.
The Mercedes driver claimed the win in the Russian Grand Prix at the end of a dramatic race. It was a win that saw him again cut Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the championship to three points with one race left to play.
It was a fourth victory in a row for Hamilton.
Fans and reporters looked to his mother Carmen for one last big wave.
Hamilton extended his lead over Vettel thanks to a brilliant overtaking manoeuvre in the closing stages of the race.
Vettel briefly took the lead of the race in the final stages. Hamilton, however, fought back to the lead.
With only a handful of laps remaining in the race, the German driver closed to within centimetres of his rival and momentarily lost the race.
The Italian Grand Prix is the final round of the World Championship, on November 19.
Vettel, who was poised to pip Hamilton to his sixth title, believes he and Hamilton can both challenge for the title next year.
“Lewis deserves that [title] so much and I hope to fight for it next year as well,” Vettel said after the race.