Hamil­ton takes fourth ti­tle de­spite col­li­sion

Stabroek News - - STABROEK SPORT -

MEX­ICO CITY, (Reuters) - Lewis Hamil­ton be­came Bri­tain’s first four-time For­mula One world cham­pion at the Mex­i­can Grand Prix yes­ter­day de­spite en­dur­ing his worst race of the sea­son.

In a race won by Red Bull’s Dutch 20-year-old Max Ver­stap­pen, the 32-year-old Mercedes driver fought back from last place to ninth af­ter a first lap col­li­sion with Fer­rari ri­val Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, the only man who could have de­nied him the cham­pi­onship, started on pole po­si­tion and fin­ished fourth af­ter hav­ing to pit for a new front wing at the end of the first lap and drop­ping to 19th.

Hamil­ton now has an unas­sail­able lead of 56 points with two races, worth a to­tal of 50, re­main­ing.

“I did ev­ery­thing that I could. I had a good start. I don’t re­ally know what hap­pened at Turn Three - I gave him plenty of room,” said a ju­bi­lant Hamil­ton, the Bri­tish flag draped over his shoul­ders.

“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.”

Since the start of the sea­son, in which he has won nine times so far, he had not fin­ished lower than seventh.

Hamil­ton’s team mate Valt­teri Bot­tas fin­ished sec­ond at the Au­to­dromo Her­manos Ro­driguez with Fer­rari’s Kimi Raikko­nen third.

Vettel had needed to be in the top two to have any chance of tak­ing the ti­tle fight down to Brazil in two weeks’ time but his al­ready slim hopes seemed to have dis­ap­peared within sec­onds of the start.

Lewis Hamil­ton

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