Hamilton claims fifth F1 world title as Verstappen wins in Mexico

Hamilton claims fifth F1 world title as Verstappen wins in Mexico

Hamilton claims fifth F1 world title as Verstappen wins in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton has been crowned Formula One world champion for a fifth time, despite stuttering over the line in fourth at an incident-packed Mexican Grand Prix.

He was adding the 2018 crown to his championship wins in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

With this in mind Force India sent both drivers out on the ultrasoft tyre, not to qualify for Q3 but to ensure Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez would qualifying just outside the top 10 and have free tyre choice for the race.

But the 21-year-old channelled all that anger and frustration at Saturday's outcome into driving the flawless race instead, which saw him pick up his second consecutive victory in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Verstappen said his auto didn't feel right despite fast times in Saturday morning practice and the early stages of qualifying. "To complete this when Fangio did it as well, it's a very surreal feeling". How can I just be better all round, a better driver in the auto but also with my team, in the garage, with the engineers, back at the factory, trying to be a better son and friend?

That will be fine for Hamilton: even if he fails to finish the race, as long as a Red Bull takes the chequered flag, the championship is still his. I had a great start but I really don't know what happened after that.

"It's definitely been my best year, I feel".

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

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Hamilton, who only needs to finish seventh to secure the championship, was satisfied with third. The Finn then sustained a puncture and had to retire with three laps remaining, allowing Mercedes' number one driver to claim his first win in seven races.

"It is a shame to lose Daniel and I think we could have had a 1-2 or at least two cars on the podium", Verstappen said.

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Lewis Hamilton was congratulated by Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar after winning his fourth title on the Mexico City circuit past year.

German Nico Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of his Renault teammate Carlos Sainz and the two Saubers of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.

Raikkonen was the first to set his final flying lap, but failed to improve his time, as did team-mate Vettel.

But the 21-year-old endured no such problem in the closing laps of a race he led for the most part, having built up a cushion of nearly 15 seconds over Vettel.

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