Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver retires Ferrari from Mexican Grand Prix

Media playback is not supported on this device Michael Schumacher: Lewis Hamilton matches driver’s seven Formula 1 titles

Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven Formula 1 world titles with victory in the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver took second place on the podium behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton now has a seven-point lead over Vettel in the driver standings with seven races remaining this season.

Hamilton’s late surge up the grid to finish in front of Ferrari’s Vettel helped him to close the gap on the German’s title hopes.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff paid tribute to Hamilton and the team’s “great fight and determination all weekend”.

Hamilton said: “Great job guys, and I’m really grateful for the talent and the talent of the car.”

He added: “It’s still 20 more races to go, so we’ve still got some hard racing ahead of us. As always, we have a lot of work to do but we will keep pushing. We want to win the rest and keep going until the end.”

It was Hamilton’s second win in Mexico and 16th pole position in a row.

It is his fifth race win from the last six in which he has been on pole and second in a row and fifth in Mexico.

Vettel is 47 points behind Hamilton in the championship – he has won two of the last three after being 43 points behind before this race.

Hamilton has now won all but one of the last 15 races he has started and, with eight races remaining this season, he has a 99% success rate in grands prix during his career.

Hamilton’s win also saw him surpass Monaco and Spa-Francorchamps track winner Damon Hill as the most successful driver in F1 history with four titles.

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