Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth Formula One world driver’s championship after a ninth-place finish at the Mexico Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel was the only driver capable of catching Hamilton, with two races remaining of the season. However, the German finished fourth in Mexico which confirmed his rival’s victory.
The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers clashed during the first lap and Hamilton was forced to pit but Vettel failed to fight his way into second place. Vettel needed second place to keep his hopes alive in the championship this year. Red Bull youngster Max Verstappen came first in the race.
Following his triumph, Hamilton said: ‘Viva Mexico. Wow. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who came out, hopefully we gave them a good race. ‘The Mexican fans are the best around the world and you guys create this atmosphere.
‘I had a good a start, I don’t know what happened on turn three I gave him (Sebastian Vettel) plenty of room. ‘A big thank you to my family, my team, Mercedes have been incredible for these last five years.’
One person who couldn’t wait to congratulate Hamilton was his PSG-striker pal Neymar. The Brazilian was so eager he didn’t even wait for Hamilton to leave his car, instead being tapped in over the car radio almost as soon as the Briton crossed the finish line.
He said: ‘I’m happy for you, bro, for your World Championship. Winner!’
Hamilton believes a more harmonious driver partnership has helped him at Mercedes this season, with Valtteri Bottas replacing Nico Rosberg for 2017.