Hamilton secures fifth world championship title

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Lewis Hamilton received his fifth championship in Mexico
Briton matches Juan Manuel Fangio with 5 F1 crowns, regardless of solely ending fourth within the Mexican Grand Prix

British racer Lewis Hamilton secured his fifth System 1 World Championship title – and his fourth within the final 5 years – with a fourth place end within the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Mercedes-AMG driver went into the occasion understanding that seventh place would safe the title, whereas Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel successfully wanted to win. Regardless of a robust begin, Hamilton struggled along with his tyres within the race and will solely end fourth. Verstappen took a cushty race win, whereas Vettel battled exhausting to take second. 

Hamilton stated he had combined emotions taking the title after what he admitted was a “horrible” race the place he was simply “making an attempt to carry on and produce the automobile house”.

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However he added: “I don’t actually permit myself to be too emotional in public, however I really feel very, very humbled by the entire expertise. It’s one thing that I dreamed of, however by no means in 1,000,000 years did I feel I’d be standing right here at this time as a five-time world champion.” 

Hamilton, 33, has now tied Juan Manuel Fangio for second place on the all-time listing with 5 championships, behind solely seven-time title winner Michael Schumacher.

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Hamilton secured his first title driving for McLaren-Mercedes in 2008, in solely his second season within the sport. He switched to the works Mercedes squad for 2013, taking his second title in 2014. He has received 4 of the final 5 titles, solely narrowly lacking out to team-mate Nico Rosberg in 2016.

Whereas Hamilton has benefitted from having a dominant automobile most years since 2014, he confronted a robust problem this yr from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The four-time champion led Hamilton by eight factors after ten races of this yr’s 21 races, however Hamilton then put in a surprising run of type, together with 4 wins in a row – whereas Vettel was concerned in various incidents – to construct a considerable factors lead.

Hamilton may have secured the title in final weekend’s United States Grand Prix, however a technique error meant he completed third behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Unusually, Hamilton has secured three of his 5 championships with out ending on the rostrum, and his fourth place in Mexico ended a run of 9 consecutive podiums. With two races remaining, Hamilton has secured 9 race wins this season, giving him a complete of 71 for his profession. That places him second on the all-time winners listing behind Schumacher, who has 91. 

Hamilton has additionally claimed 132 podium finishes and a file 81 pole positions. He has additionally secured a multi-year settlement to remain on the Mercedes F1 squad, giving him the chance so as to add to these totals within the years to return.

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