Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won a fourth Formula One world title on Sunday, joining the league of four-time winners such as rival Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost.
Hamilton won the title today despite finishing the Mexican Grand Prix in ninth place as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the race victory.
Only two drivers have achieved more –- seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and five-time champion Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio -– while Hamilton leaves behind a cluster of five celebrated masters of the track on three apiece.
To have won more than men like Australia’s Jack Brabham, fellow-Briton Jackie Stewart, Austrian Niki Lauda and Brazilians Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna is a spectacular statement of achievement.
It was an anti-climatic way for 32-year-old Hamilton to win the 2017 crown after a first-lap collision with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari left him with a puncture and needing to pit for a new tyre.
Vettel also had to pit for a new wing but the German’s slim hopes of keeping the title race alive were ended by his fourth-placed finish.
“I don’t know what happened at turn three, I gave him plenty of room,” said Hamilton.
“It doesn’t feel real man. It’s not the race you want when you’re 40 seconds down, but I never gave up.