‘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

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. Lewis Hamilton made history by winning his seventh Formula One world title in Turkey. Rio Ferdinand led a chorus of praise for Hamilton and his achievements on Twitter. From all of the Barca family, congratulations Lewis Hamilton on your 7th F1 World Championship!’ Hamilton himself took to Twitter amid the celebrations to pay tribute to his team and family.

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