Lewis Hamilton went down in British motorsport history, as he secured his fourth world title at the Mexican Grand Prix, despite a ninth-place finish.
The scene was set at a humid Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez track in Mexico City. A head-to-head battle pitting Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel, as the two locked horns for the most prestigious achievement in all of motorsport. But it was the Brit who prevailed after a dramatic race saw Hamilton clinch the title.
However, a first corner collision between both Hamilton and Vettel brought chaos to the opening lap, forcing the pair to rear of the pack from the start. This allowed an opportunity, which was seized upon by young Red Bull prodigy Max Verstappen, who cruised to victory amidst a dramatic Mexican Grand Prix.
The incident forced Hamilton to the pits with a punctured rear-right tyre, causing damage to his diffuser with a huge mountain to climb.
Vettel continued to make progress through the pack, gaining positions with swift overtakes. However, a stagnant Hamilton was cemented behind Carlos Sainz for nearly 30 laps, allowing Vettel to sneak up to eighth.
Despite his attempts, Vettel missed out on a podium spot finishing fourth, whilst Hamilton climbed to a ninth-place finish, ensuring enough to clinch the championship with two races of the season remaining.
A touching mark from Vettel however, saw the German pull up alongside Hamilton on his parade lap to celebrate the Brit’s achievement, applauding alongside the crowd – already offering their standing ovation.
Lewis Hamilton now joins an illustrious club of elite drivers, after claiming the title of 'quadruple champion', amongst the likes of his rival Sebastian Vettel and Formula One legend Alain Prost.
A stunning season from the Brit, saw Lewis claim a total on 9 Grand Prix victories, taking his tally of career victories to 62. A tally which takes him ever-closer to record holder Michael Schumacher’s 91, in which Hamilton which years of elite racing left in him, will hope to dethrone the ‘Red Baron’.
The title victory only epitomises the successful career that Hamilton has led, only further claiming his stake as the greatest ever Briton to grace the sport. But it terms of statistics, Hamilton has now overtaken Sir Jackie Stewart in champions, victories and pole positions.
Hamilton’s next target will look to ultimately become the greatest ever Formula One driver, overtaking the likes of 5-time winner Juan Manuel Fangio, and 7-time champion Michael Schumacher.