Hamilton ‘humbled’ to seal fifth drivers’ title

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Lewis Hamilton, the 33-year-old British racer just needed to finish seventh at Sunday's F1 Mexican Grand Prix to become champion, even if Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had won.

Hamilton claimed his fifth world championship and his fourth in the last five seasons, following Sebastian Vettel's inability to win at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Rosberg won the opening four races before the drivers took each other out in Spain, with pressure mounting on team bosses to step in to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

But despite his heartbreak in Mexico, Vettel has not entirely ruled out championship success in 2018, noting that Ferrari still have a chance of depriving Mercedes of this year's constructors' crown. "I will always be a fan of him".

"But they have had the dominant vehicle since 2014 so you have to say the next two years, Hamilton will be starting certainly next year as favourite". Number five, I think it is something incredible, so I mainly congratulated him and asked him to keep pushing next year. "That's why it's now such a big difference in the championship, and it's finished so early".

After a brief bid for the lead on Sunday, Hamilton had a scary run off the track late. He is also within striking distance of Schumacher's record race win tally of 91, with Hamilton now sitting on 71 grand prix victories. "I've been very fortunately and very grateful to have met the Queen on a couple of occasions, which I'm just grateful for".

"I think I had a great year last year and I was thinking to myself, 'How can I raise the bar, how can I squeeze some more out of myself?'" To complete this (his fifth world title) when Fangio did it with Mercedes is an incredible feeling and very surreal.

"We are focussing to make sure we finish those two races this year in style".

But in the end, as it has been for most of the season, Verstappen's vehicle avoided a meltdown and saw him through to his fifth Formula 1 victory. Ricciardo's race ended with late engine failure, the eighth time this season his vehicle didn't make it to the finish.

"He's got two more years we know with Mercedes, they didn't look great they finished fourth and fifth [in Mexico]".

He said that support was "at the centre of who I am".

The Briton was somewhat reserved in his post-race celebrations, but said this was because he couldn't wrap his head around becoming a five-time world champion.

"I think all that work that he put in, my grandfather would be so proud and grateful that the Hamilton name is there and established and will now go down in history, which is kind of insane to think".