Connect with us

Featured

Lewis Hamilton clinches fifth world championship

Published

on

Lewis Hamilton has clinched his fifth Formula One world championship – putting him second on the all-time list.

The British driver needed just seven points at the Mexican Grand Prix to put him out of reach of title rival Sebastian Vettel with two races to spare.

Starting third, he immediately jumped past Daniel Ricciardo at the start but tyre issues saw both Mercedes cars struggle and Hamilton dropped back to finish fourth – enough to earn 12 points.

The title puts him level with Argentinian legend Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five world championships in the 1950s, and behind only Michael Schumacher – the German having won seven.

Hamilton is now ahead of all his contemporaries, with Vettel on four titles.

The 33-year-old won his first championship in 2008 in a McLaren that was not the fastest car on the grid.

His next titles came in 2014, 2015 and 2017 in an unstoppable Mercedes, but this year’s triumph will be among his most satisfying having outscored Vettel despite driving a slower car for much of the season.

The first to congratulate Hamilton was actor Will Smith, who said over the team radio: “That’s how I taught you, that’s how you do it, that’s how you drive.”

More follows…

Continue Reading
Advertisement Find your dream job

Trending