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Lewis Hamilton: Five-time F1 World Champion

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Lewis Hamilton has clinched a remarkable fifth Formula One driver’s championship after finishing fourth in the Mexico Grand Prix.

Hamilton doesn’t do expectable, it’s just not his style. Securing a record fifth F1 Drivers’ Championship title during an exciting Mexican Grand Prix, the performance from the British ace featured almost everything fans could ask for.

Today the 33-year-old Briton seals his fifth title and move into equal second with Argentinian legend Juan Manuel Fangio behind only Michael Schumacher, who has seven.

Hamilton becomes Britain’s first five-time world champion (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018) after moving one clear ahead of Sir Jackie Stewart and Sebastian Vettel.

The Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 marked Hamilton’s first career pole position. He now has more poles than any driver in the history of the sport after surpassing Michael Schumacher’s tally of 68 in Italy.

Hamilton also tasted his opening victory at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix and has won 71 further races. He is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (91).

Hamilton has won 50 races in his six seasons at Mercedes.

Hamilton has started 11 consecutive grand prix campaigns and has won at least one race in each of those years.

Hamilton has finished 132 podium – more than half of the grand prix he has contested. He also shares the record with Schumacher and Vettel for the most podium finishes (17) in a single season which he achieved in 2015 and 2016.

Hamilton joins Michael Schumacher (seven), Juan Manuel Fangio (five), Alain Prost and Vettel (both four) as only the fifth driver to have won more than three titles.

Hamilton has raced for two teams in his career. He started life in Formula One with McLaren (2007-2012) before moving to Mercedes (2013 to present) where he has won four of his five titles.

Hamilton’s age in his debut race at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix. The Englishman finished third in Melbourne and went on to record nine consecutive podium finishes in his rookie campaign.

No driver has started on the front row of the gird on more occasions than Hamilton. The Briton surpassed Schumacher’s haul after securing pole position in the 2017 United States GP.

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