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Lewis Hamilton crowned Formula One world champion for the fifth time

04 Novembre 2018

But pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo was beaten off the line by Verstappen and Hamilton.

"I knew the pace was in the auto", Ricciardo said. "I need to save a little serenity for tomorrow". "So let's keep going", Arrivabene said.

His fourth-place finish at the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday lifted him into the company of the sport's true greats, joining seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and fellow five-time victor Juan-Manuel Fangio - who he describes as "The Godfather" - in the F1 pantheon.

"He can seriously go for Schumacher's records now", he said. It's kind of irrelevant to pigeon hole him as the best of all time or one of the best of all time, he's won five world titles - that speaks volumes.

The beginning of the hybrid era marked the start of a golden age for Mercedes, and for Hamilton, and he won 11 of 19 races in 2014 to win the championship by 67 points. "People are mentioning Fangio so I think right it's just kind of... it's very very humbling".

In another horror mechanical malfunction, the Aussie pulled up trackside after his Red Bull lost power in a plume of smoke, just 10 laps away from finishing second.

When he is out of his race auto he spends time promoting his clothing line. "I honestly feel like I've performed my best this year so I'm very happy with how it's gone".

Yet he didn't get the leisurely Sunday drive he would have liked over the 71 laps in the high altitude at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Hamilton, awarded an MBE after his maiden championship in 2008, is not entertaining thoughts about another trip to Buckingham Palace. Just getting my first was wonderful and the third was incredible.

It was in Singapore that Ferrari introduced their costly package of upgrades, which were ultimately removed from their cars at the United States Grand Prix where Raikkonen claimed his first race victory since 2013. Both drivers were reprimanded for unsafe racing moves and team tensions were high. We have proved we are together even if the others are saying otherwise. "Hopefully we're in a quicker vehicle all day".

"We couldn't score the points due to mistakes that we did - and the mistakes that I did".

"The thing that Jacques Villeneuve said that makes Hamilton in his opinion better than Schumacher is that he's not been controversial".

Fans were sour at the fact Smith hijacked a special team moment for Mercedes, marking Hamilton's fourth title in five years and the team's fifth championship in a row.

Hamilton's post-championship media briefing on Sunday was briefly interrupted by the fashion designer, Tommy Hilfiger.

But in a high-altitude race of attrition, with tyre wear playing a huge part in the outcome, the champion was unable to match the pace and had no need to take any risks either.

"He fought so hard this year", Hamilton said.

Lewis Hamilton crowned Formula One world champion for the fifth time