Hamil­ton feels “hum­bled” by win­ning a fifth ti­tle

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Lewis Hamil­ton said he felt hum­bled to be­come a five-time Formula One world cham­pion this week, and the enor­mity of his achieve­ment had yet to sink in. The Mercedes driver joined the late Ar­gen­tine great Juan Manuel Fan­gio and Michael Schu­macher as the only men to win at least five ti­tles after fin­ish­ing fourth in this week’s Mex­i­can Grand Prix. More peo­ple have walked on the moon than have won five crowns in a cham­pi­onship that started in 1950. Only Schu­macher has won more than the man who could one day sur­pass even the Ger­man. “Let me just try and re­alise that I’ve won this one,” com­mented Hamil­ton when asked about Schu­macher’s seven.

“It’s very, very weird. I re­mem­ber when I won a cham­pi­onship in Formula Three, and even then it didn’t regis­ter. I hope this kicks in soon, I def­i­nitely feel more ex­cite­ment com­ing as I think about it more.” Hamil­ton has won 71 races, 20 fewer than Schu­macher, and four ti­tles for Mercedes in the past five years. The first was with Mclaren in 2008. “Right now I feel very, very hum­bled by the whole ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

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