Lewis Hamilton won his fifth Formula One crown in Mexico… here’s how he did it starting with the season opener in Australia

ALREADY the most successful British driver in history, Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion for a fifth time in Mexico.

The 33-year-old has moved level with the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio and is just two titles behind the great Michael Schumacher.

 Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fifth world title

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fifth world title
 The Brit put on a real show for the Mexican fans

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The Brit put on a real show for the Mexican fans

Here's how Hamilton pipped Sebastian Vettel and powered to glory, 10 years after winning his first championship.

Mercedes allow Vettel to creep into the lead with a pitstop and go on to win. Hamilton is second.

Vettel 25 pts Hamilton 18 pts

 Sebastian Vettel steals the victory in Australia ahead of Lewis Hamilton

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Sebastian Vettel steals the victory in Australia ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton starts in ninth place on the grid after gearbox trouble and can only finish third. Vettel wins.

Vettel 50 Hamilton 33

Vettel is hit by Verstappen and is eighth. Hamilton comes in fourth after failing to pit under safety car.

Vettel 54 Hamilton 45

Ferrari ace Vettel locks his tyres trying to overtake Bottas, dropping to fourth and gifting Hamilton a win.

Hamilton 70 Vettel 66

 Lewis Hamilton secures his first win of the season in Azerbaijan

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Lewis Hamilton secures his first win of the season in Azerbaijan

Hamilton turns the screw with a convincing victory in Barcelona. Rival Vettel can only finish fourth.

Hamilton 95 Vettel 78

Daniel Ricciardo wins, Vettel is second and Hamilton third — the same order as they qualified in.

Hamilton 110 Vettel 96

Vettel capitalises on a Ferrari engine upgrade to take the chequered flag. Hamilton can only finish in fifth place.

Vettel 121 Hamilton 120

 Sebastian Vettel moves one point ahead of Hamilton after winning in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel moves one point ahead of Hamilton after winning in Canada

A first-lap mistake by Vettel scuppers his chances. He finishes fifth as Hamilton goes on to win.

Hamilton 145 Vettel 131

Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Bottas both break down and fail to finish as Vettel takes third place and regains championship lead.

Vettel 146 Hamilton 145

Hamilton’s chances are ended by a first-lap crash with Kimi Raikkonen. The Brit comes second, while Vettel wins.

Vettel 171 Hamilton 163

 Hamilton can only muster a second place finish at Silverstone

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Hamilton can only muster a second place finish at Silverstone

A turning point in the championship as Vettel slips off in the wet while leading and crashes out. Hamilton takes the victory.

Hamilton 188 Vettel 171

Hamilton takes a fine pole in the wet and goes on to win. Vettel manages to cling on for second place.

Hamilton 213 Vettel 189

A twist as Ferrari fight back. Hamilton is second, despite starting on pole, and Vettel takes the glory.

Hamilton 231 Vettel 214

 Lewis Hamilton celebrates after picking up a crucial win in Hungary

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates after picking up a crucial win in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton narrowly avoids crash with stationary driver at Japanese GP practice

Mercedes beat Ferrari on their home turf. Vettel is furious after Raikkonen takes pole. Hamilton wins.

Hamilton 256 Vettel 226

A victory for Hamilton at a venue that has not been kind to Mercedes over the years. Vettel is third.

Hamilton 281 Vettel 241

 Lewis Hamilton closes in on the championship after winning in Singapore

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Lewis Hamilton closes in on the championship after winning in Singapore

Mercedes order Bottas to let Hamilton through. The Brit wins, while Vettel can only manage third.

Hamilton 306 Vettel 256

Hamilton dominates at Suzuka to take pole and win. Vettel crashes into Verstappen to finish sixth.

Hamilton 331 Vettel 264

Hamilton finishes third in Austin after a bungled team strategy forces him to take two pitstops. Vettel is fourth.

Hamilton 346 Vettel 276

ALREADY the most successful British driver in history, Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion for a fifth time in Mexico.