‘I never dreamt we could get to seven championships’: Lewis Hamilton says move to Mercedes was decisive as he seeks to equal Michael Schumacher’s record at the Turkish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that reaching a record-equalling seventh world title on Sunday would be a feat beyond his wildest dreams. The 35-year-old Brit won the first of his championships with McLaren in 2008 before reeling off six in seven seasons after joining Mercedes in 2013. Now Hamilton is assured of taking No 7 if he wins the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton walks in the paddock with his dog, Roscoe, in Istanbul on Thursday. Hamilton, who triumphed at Istanbul Park in 2010, said: ‘I never dreamt we could get to seven championships. The 35-year-old Brit is assured of taking No 7 if he wins the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton added: ‘I remember watching Michael on TV and when he got to seven it was like “wow”.

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