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Hamilton: I still have work to do, still a Constructors’ Championship to win

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Lewis Hamilton has become five times Formula 1 world champion, the Brit wrapped up the 2018 F1 title with fourth place at the Mexican GP.

Hamilton’s title success in Mexico lifts him level with Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio in motor racing’s pantheon. Only the legendary Michael Schumacher has won more, with seven F1 championships – in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Hamilton’s reaction: “I truly believed we could win this championship but it has been the toughest challenge we’ve had as a team.

“I feel like I can drive anything and take the car to places nobody else can, but you’ve got to get the car in the right place and that means working with the team to unleash the great pace.

“As a team we operated better than any other.”

“I feel very content and very happy right now.

“I’m looking forward to going to sleep!

“But I really want to cherish this moment. I still have work to do, to go back to the factory and rally the troops to see how we can win these next two races.

“There’s still a Constructors’ Championship to win.”

An emotional Hamilton told Sky F1: “I just feel very humbled by the whole experience. It’s hard to realise it at the moment, it’s something that I dreamed of – but never in a million years did I think I would be standing here today as a five-time world champion. I never knew that was going to happen.

“It’s definitely my best year. And that’s the goal. When I won the championship last year, I was like, ‘how am I going to improve? How can I be fitter? How can I be more focused? How can I be a better all-round driver?’.

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