Mercedes’ speedy Lewis Hamilton won his fourth Formula 1 World Championship to become the first British driver secure four F1 title and breaks his compatriot Sir Jackie Stewart’s three title records.
Hamilton crosses the line in ninth place following the dramatic opening lap incident, Max Verstappen wins Mexican GP.
First lap of the race Verstappen and Hamilton attacked polesitter Sebastian Vettel into the first corner. On turn one Verstappen and Vettel made contact, a gap opening for Hamilton and he tried to come on the outside of the two leaders and found himself almost sandwiched between them. Vettel made contact with Hamilton causing the Merc driver to suffer a flat tyre and subsequently also some damage to his car.
Both Vettel and Hamilton were sent right to the back of the field after both drivers made pit-stops to make replacements to their cars – right wing for Vettel and rear tyre for Hamilton.
Vettel swiftly made his way through the field but was unable to finish at least second to keep his title hopes alive.
This latest victory means the Brit has become just the fifth man in history to win four world championships, joining current rival Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost in achieving the feat.
World champion Lewis Hamilton: “I did everything that I could. I had a good start. I don’t really know what happened at Turn Three – I gave him plenty of room.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back. A big thank you to my family and my team. Mercedes have been incredible for the past five years and I’m so proud to be a part of it.
“It doesn’t feel real. That’s not the kind of race that you want but I never gave up. I kept going right to the end.”