Lewis Hamilton wins fourth F1 World Championship and overtakes Sir Jackie Stewart to become most successful British driver ever

LEWIS HAMILTON clinched his FOURTH Formula One title in thrilling fashion – and turned the most successful British driver of all time.

Whereas Mexico celebrated their Day of the Lifeless, it turned out to be an absolute nightmare begin for Hamilton, who was operating LAST after the primary lap however recovered to overtake Sir Jackie Stewart's haul of three world crowns.

 Lewis Hamilton has won his fourth world title

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Lewis Hamilton has gained his fourth world title
 The Brit superstar was crowned king of the F1 world in Mexico City

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The Brit celebrity was topped king of the F1 world in Mexico Metropolis
 The Stevenage-born superstar is the most successful British driver of all time

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The Stevenage-born celebrity is the most successful British driver of all time
 Lewis Hamilton holds the Union Jack aloft after sealing his fourth world crown

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Lewis Hamilton holds the Union Jack aloft after sealing his fourth world crown
 Lewis Hamilton celebrates his drivers' championship win by performing a donut

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates his drivers' championship win by performing a donut

Hamilton's obvious procession to a fourth title was thrown into jeopardy on the primary flip in Mexico when he clashed with arch rival Sebastian Vettel.

This was supposed to be a cakewalk. He solely wanted to end fifth and he can be assured of his fourth world title after earlier wins in 2008, 2014 and 2015.

However a primary-lap collision with Vettel dropped him down to final place, with extreme injury to his automotive.

The flashpoint occurred on the third nook and featured a typical Hamilton transfer, albeit one which has not been seen all season.

 Lewis Hamilton celebrates crowning his fourth world crown

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates crowning his fourth world crown
 A delighted Hamilton hugs a pal after sealing his fourth world championship

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A delighted Hamilton hugs a pal after sealing his fourth world championship
 The Stevenage-born star becomes the most successful British F1 driver of all time

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The Stevenage-born star turns into the most successful British F1 driver of all time
 Lewis Hamilton's hopes looked dashed on the first lap but he recovered well

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Lewis Hamilton's hopes appeared dashed on the primary lap however he recovered nicely

Regardless of understanding that he solely wanted to maintain it clear and play the odds recreation, Hamilton was not content material with the third place he began in and seized upon a battled between Max Verstappen and Vettel to attempt and transfer into first place.

It was courageous however gung-ho strategy which value him massively, as Vettel clipped his rear proper tyre, inflicting a puncture – however finally it didn’t matter.

An ecstatic Hamilton stated afterwards: "Wow. I would like to say thanks to everybody who got here out to help us.

"I did every thing I might. Had a great begin and I don't know what occurred on flip three.

 

 The standings in the world championship after the Mexican GP

The standings on the earth championship after the Mexican GP
 This image shows the moment when Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed

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This picture exhibits the second when Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed

"That wasn't the sort of race I would like however I by no means gave up and stored going proper to the top."

When Hamilton did return to the monitor, he was lifeless final. And to add salt into his wounds he was quickly lapped by 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 by means of the sector.

To his credit score, the German loves a scrap and quickly made up various locations, whereas Hamilton struggled.

A minimum of a win would do for the Ferrari driver whereas on the midway stage Hamilton started to rediscover his tempo.

 This image shows a piece of a car flying through the air during the first lap drama

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This picture exhibits a bit of a automotive flying by means of the air in the course of the first lap drama

A cease for recent tyres helped Hamilton's trigger whereas Vettel's progress was slowed by house favorite Sergio Perez.

However he lastly discovered a approach via and made it into the highest three, some feat contemplating he was nineteenth on the finish of the final lap.

However finally, the duty was too nice for Vettel, and when Hamilton handed Fernando Alonso on lap sixty eight to go into ninth place, that's all of the Brit wanted to win his title.

Finally, the race was gained by Pink Bull's Max Verstappen, whereas Valtteri Bottas was second and Kimi Raikkonen third.

LEWIS HAMILTON clinched his FOURTH Formula One title in thrilling fashion – and turned the most successful British driver of all time.

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