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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

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