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Lewis Hamilton captures 5th Formula One title

01 November, 2018, 09:12 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Hamilton ultimately won the title at Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix having finished finished third in Texas.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, looked completely comfortable knowing he's in a ideal spot to win his fifth career Formula One championship. After matching Michael Schumacher's Monza record, much to the distress of Ferrari's legion of fans, Hamilton moved 30 points clear of Vettel.

But, just as in Mexico City past year, Hamilton, who needed to finish only seventh to be sure of the title, did enough to take the spoils, clinching his fourth championship in five quite remarkable seasons.

The 33-year-old Briton said Mercedes had been "an incredible unit" and pledged to carry on fighting for more race wins this year as the team seek to retain their constructors' crown.

While there may be 22 per cent less oxygen here at the high-altitude Mexico City venue, some 2,200 metres above sea level, Hamilton kept his cool on a manic stampede to the opening bend.

Daniel Ricciardo has stormed to his third career pole position by edging out teammate Max Verstappen in a nailbiting qualifying session.

Hamilton's fifth championship arguably ranks among his best.

As Hamilton was swamped by the news media in the aftermath of the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, his team boss Toto Wolff admitted it was a bitter-sweet afternoon.


Four of Hamilton's five titles have come with Mercedes in the last five years, but he believes this season was his most complete yet. And even with Ferrari's mechanical gains, Mercedes shows no signs of slowing down.

The Australian worked hard to regain face, closing the gap with the help of DRS to give Hamilton plenty to think about in the first third of the race.

"I honestly feel like I've performed my best this year so I'm very happy with how it's gone". "I'll let Gasly drive the auto". He signed with Ferrari in 2015 with the goal of bringing the championship back to F1's most famous team.

Ricciardo, who will leave to join Renault at the end of the season, has now retired from eight races in 2018.

Hamilton is already statistically the greatest qualifier in F1 history, but his pole lap here was a reminder that his talents over a single tour of a circuit are truly unparalleled. "Being behind the Red Bulls is not a bad thing". "The race won't be won on the first corner".

Hamilton started a trend, with Ricciardo and Verstappen following suit on laps 12 and 13.

"It is not easy today but well deserved for him and I want to congratulate Lewis".

Vettel delivered his best drive since the summer break on Sunday, but it was a case of too little, too late for the German, whose championship challenge has been defined by a series of mistakes.

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