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Lewis Hamilton: Neymar and Usain Bolt among sporting stars to congratulate champion

Lewis Hamilton has now won four world titles. Credit: PA

Some of the world's biggest sporting stars have been rushing to congratulate Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton after he claimed his fourth Formula One world championship on Sunday.

The 32-year-old is now the most successful British champion of all-time having surpassed the three titles set by Sir Jackie Stewart.

Stewart himself was among those who paid tribute to Hamilton's achievements - and admits the time had come for someone else to break his 44-year record.

"I've held that record for 44 years - that's a lot older than Lewis Hamilton is," he told ITV News.

"So, from my point of view, clearly the record was one day going to be broken. I have no regrets and apparently I'm still the most successful Scottish driver!"

The compliments flowed on social media too, with the likes of Usain Bolt, Rio Ferdinand, Sir Mo Farah and even PSG striker Neymar all posting messages on Instagram.

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