Five-star Hamilton, and more to come!

LEWIS Hamilton clinched his fifth F1 World Championship on Sunday, putting himself joint-second behind Michael Schumacher, who is the most successful driver of all time, with seven titles to his credit.

The 33-year-old Briton, who needed to finish seventh in the Mexican Grand Prix to claim the title, came a comfortable fourth to become only the third man in F1history to win five world titles.

The Mercedes star matches the haul of his hero, Juan Manuel Fangio, an Argentine legend, and is two titles behind Schumacher.

A dominant Max Verstappen won the race, with German Sebastian Vettel second and his Ferrari partner Kimi Raikkonen third, but the day belonged to Hamilton,

who battled tyre problems throughout.

But though he failed to make the podium, he did more than enough to seal the biggest achievement of his illustrious career, which still has many miles to travel.

At the end of the race, jubilant Hamilton pushed his car through a series of celebratory “doughnut” spins in the track’s stadium section, before waving to the capacity 135,000 crowd.

Nico Rosberg, who denied Lewis Hamilton the 2016 world title, then retired from the sport, posted a video on social media praising his former team-mate, saying: “congrats to the 5th title, Lewis! your fangio style is very impressive.”

Hamilton said: “It is a very strange feeling right now. This was won through a lot of hard work, through a lot of races. I am so grateful for all the hard work… for everyone who has been a part of it.

“To complete this, when Fangio has done it with Mercedes, is an incredible moment.”

But Hamilton admitted: “It was a horrible race. I got a great start and was working my way up, and I really don’t know what happened after that. I was just trying to hold on and bring the car home.”

Sporting Vettel, not always the closest of pals with his rival, broke off from a post-race interview to congratulate Hamilton, embracing him at the conclusion of a season’s titanic battle.

The Ferrari driver said: “Well deserved. Congrats to him and his team. They did a superb job all year, and we need to stand here and accept that. We would have loved to hang in there a bit longer but that wasn’t the case.”






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