Hamil­ton takes out fourth ti­tle

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT -

MO­TOR­SPORT: Lewis Hamil­ton has taken home his fourth F1 driv­ers’ world cham­pi­onship in a wacky fin­ish to the 2017 ti­tle race.

Max Ver­stap­pen drove out of his skin to take the win in Mex­ico af­ter a chaotic start saw Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Hamil­ton col­lide.

Daniel Ric­cia­rdo en­dured another hor­ror show and re­tired be­fore the 10th lap with a turbo is­sue – the sec­ond race in the row the Aussie has failed to fin­ish.

Hamil­ton fin­ished ninth af­ter be­ing set back early due to a punc­ture sus­tained in the scuf­fle with Vet­tel.

The Brit be­came the first driver since James Hunt in 1976 to win a world ti­tle in the same race as be­ing lapped.

“It doesn’t feel real. That’s not the kind of race that you want but I never gave up. I kept go­ing right to the end,” Hamil­ton (pic­tured) said.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff ad­mit­ted the race was stress­ful as the team scur­ried to cal­cu­late what po­si­tion the driv­ers would need to fin­ish to see the cham­pi­onship in Hamil­ton’s hands.

Vet­tel needed to fin­ish sec­ond or higher to keep him­self in the ti­tle race. He fin­ished fourth.

PHOTO: CLIVE MA­SON/GETTY

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