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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Hamilton claims F1 world title, heartbreak for Ricciardo


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Lewis Hamilton has become just the third driver in history to win five Formula One world championships, wrapping up this year’s title at the Mexican Grand Prix this morning.

Hamilton went into the race needing only a seventh place finish to clinch the championship, and eventually came home fourth behind race winner Max Verstappen, with Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen completing the top three.

Polesitter Daniel Ricciardo was forced to retire with mechanical issues.

Hamilton has totally dominated the latter part of the season, winning six of the last nine races, while Vettel has struggled for consistency with a series of small mistakes compromising his challenge.

Ricciardo fails to finish Mexican Grand Prix

Hamilton’s fifth title adds to those he won in 2008 (with McLaren) and 2014, 2015 and 2017 (with Mercedes). It draws him level with the legendary Juan-Manuel Fangio who won five titles in the 1950s, behind only Michael Schumacher who claimed seven championships in the 1990s and 2000s.

With Hamilton having recently signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes estimated to be worth over $70m per season, it’s not out of the question Schumacher’s record, once regarded as unreachable, could be equalled by 2020.

“It’s a strange feeling right now,” Hamilton said immediately after the race.

“It wasn’t won here, it was won with a lot of hard work throughout a lot of races (during the season).

“It’s a very humbling experience.”

Earlier this month former world champion Fernando Alonso described Hamilton as one of the top five drivers of all time. The pair endured a rocky time as teammates at McLaren in 2007, but Alonso ranked Hamilton alongside the all time greats.

“It's difficult to make a top 5 of all-time greats,” Alonso said, “but probably Michael (Schumacher), Fangio, (Ayrton) Senna, (Alain) Prost and Lewis -- that would probably be the top five.”

Lewis Hamilton has become just the third driver in history to win five Formula One world championships, wrapping up this year’s title at the Mexican Grand Prix this morning.

Hamilton went into the race needing only a seventh place finish to clinch the championship, and eventually came home fourth behind race winner Max Verstappen, with Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen completing the top three.

Polesitter Daniel Ricciardo was forced to retire with mechanical issues.

Hamilton has totally dominated the latter part of the season, winning six of the last nine races, while Vettel has struggled for consistency with a series of small mistakes compromising his challenge.

Ricciardo fails to finish Mexican Grand Prix

Hamilton’s fifth title adds to those he won in 2008 (with McLaren) and 2014, 2015 and 2017 (with Mercedes). It draws him level with the legendary Juan-Manuel Fangio who won five titles in the 1950s, behind only Michael Schumacher who claimed seven championships in the 1990s and 2000s.

With Hamilton having recently signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes estimated to be worth over $70m per season, it’s not out of the question Schumacher’s record, once regarded as unreachable, could be equalled by 2020.

“It’s a strange feeling right now,” Hamilton said immediately after the race.

“It wasn’t won here, it was won with a lot of hard work throughout a lot of races (during the season).

“It’s a very humbling experience.”

Earlier this month former world champion Fernando Alonso described Hamilton as one of the top five drivers of all time. The pair endured a rocky time as teammates at McLaren in 2007, but Alonso ranked Hamilton alongside the all time greats.

“It's difficult to make a top 5 of all-time greats,” Alonso said, “but probably Michael (Schumacher), Fangio, (Ayrton) Senna, (Alain) Prost and Lewis -- that would probably be the top five.”

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