LEWIS MAKES HISTORY
LEWIS Hamilton has won the fourth Formula 1 world drivers’ championship of his career, making him the most successful British F1 driver ever.
Hamilton was only ninth at the Mexican Grand Prix, but his closest rival, Sebastian Vettel, came fourth, which put an end to his attempt to challenge Hamilton.
The Brit joins Germany’s Vettel and France’s Alain Prost on four world titles, one fewer than Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio but three behind Germany’s Michael Schumacher, who won seven.
Hamilton, who drives for Mercedes, has won a total of 62 F1 races in his career, second only to Ferrari legend Schumacher, who won 91 in the 1990s and 2000s.
The Mexican Grand Prix was filled with drama. Hamilton and Vettel clashed on the first lap, with the Brit suffering a puncture and the German breaking the front wing of his car.
With Hamilton well behind, Vettel needed to finish in second place to keep his slim championship hopes alive. In the end, the race was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes in second.
Hamilton celebrates, surrounded by photographers Lewis Hamilton has now won four F1 world titles