LEWIS HAMILTON gained his FOURTH Formula One title in thrilling fashion.
After battling again from final place following a collision with title rival Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton got here house in ninth place, incomes him the required two factors.
Hamilton is now Britain's most profitable F1 driver and celebrated by pulling donuts after which hailing his by no means-say die angle.
He stated: "It doesn't feel actual, man. Clearly that's not the sort of race that you really want if you find yourself forty seconds behind or one thing, however I by no means gave up and I assume that's what's necessary, what's in my coronary heart.
"I stored going proper to the top. I'm grateful for today and I need to carry it as much as my household, to God, and my staff.
"I did every thing I might. I had a great begin and I don't actually know what occurred at flip three however I gave Sebastian loads of room.
"I attempted as onerous as I might to return again and it’s only a massive thanks to my household, my group, Mercedes have been unimaginable for the final 5 years and I’m so proud to be part of it."
Mercedes' Head of Motorsport, Toto Wolff, admitted he discovered it troublesome to observe and in addition questioned how Vettel escaped unpunished for his half in the first-lap accident.
He added: "I hated the race however I’m tremendous pleased now. He has achieved it and staff has gained. That is an important.
"It was a weird accident. It wasn't checked out which is much more weird however it’s most essential that he has completed it."
Three-time world champion, Niki Lauda, added: "Thank God Lewis gained it, he deserves it and it has been the most effective driving than he has ever achieved earlier than."
Whereas Mexico celebrated their Day of the Lifeless, it turned out to be an absolute nightmare begin for Hamilton.
This was purported to be a cakewalk to the title. He solely wanted to complete fifth and he can be assured of profitable the drivers' championship.
However an accident on the third nook with Vettel left him with a puncture and extreme injury to his automotive.
A panicked Hamilton stated over the radio "I’ve a flat tyre guys. I've obtained a flat tyre!" forcing him to limp again to the pits.
Hamilton felt aggrieved and requested his group "did he hit me intentionally?"; hardly shocking given the 2 got here to blows in Baku earlier this season.
This time, there was no punishment for Vettel from the stewards, who declared their contact as a traditional racing incident.
When Hamilton did return to the monitor, he was lifeless final. And so as to add salt into his wounds he was quickly lapped by race-winner Max Verstappen after solely 31 minutes of this race.
As for Vettel, who additionally pitted on the finish of his first lap for a brand new entrance wing, he quickly began preventing again via the sector.
To his credit score, the German loves preventing his approach by means of the sector and did come again to complete fourth.
However finally Hamilton's overtake on Fernando Alonso three laps from the top ensured he completed ninth and takes the crown with two races remaining.
LEWIS HAMILTON gained his FOURTH Formula One title in thrilling type.