Hamilton takes out fourth title
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.