Britain's Hamilton celebrates fifth F1 title as Verstappen wins in Mexico

Britain's Hamilton celebrates fifth F1 title as Verstappen wins in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton clinched his fifth F1 world championship with a fourth-placed finish in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen for the second year in a row.

Hamilton, who needed to finish only seventh at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to beat Sebastian Vettel to the title with two rounds to spare, spent much of the race at odds with his Mercedes team as he struggled for pace. However, that was more than enough to re-write the record books and Hamilton now equals with Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio in terms of championships. Hamilton, 33, has won four of his in the last five years and has a contract with champions Mercedes for two more seasons.

The 2018 season has been defined by the battle between Hamilton and Vettel and their Mercedes and Ferrari teams. "Mercedes at the moment look like the vehicle and the team to beat, even though Ferrari this year was extremely competitive until mid-season, but still the Mercedes-Hamilton couple at the moment is the couple to be beaten next year".

"Number five is something incredible".

As for the 2007 championship, Hamilton missed out on the title in his rookie year by a single point. "Whether or not I'm going to have the chance to win more, who knows - but I'm going to give it everything to do so", said the champion.

"But Michael's still quite far ahead in race wins so you have to say he is still the GOAT (greatest of all time)". I think one thing is clear: we are a very talented and gifted team.

Hamilton General had a not too good race.

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Hamilton added: "I don't allow myself to be too emotional in public, but now I feel humbled by the whole experience it's hard to realise it at the moment". Lewis has been the differentiator this season-our auto was the fastest at times, but not always; sometimes, like today, it was only the third-fastest.

"He drove superbly all year, and he was the better one of us two", the 31-year-old German, whose challenge has been littered with mistakes, said.

"I've been racing a long, long time, so it's very rare that I make rash decisions and silly decisions when it comes to those scenarios".

"You need to be on those places to win that amount of championships".

Although he might consider his inaugural win at Canada in the previous race as a bigger milestone, the United States GP at Indianapolis could be Hamilton's most impressive victory in his rookie year.

"What I can definitely advise any kid that's out there trying to race is don't listen to people who tell you that you need a mental coach or you need someone to help control your mind", he said.