British F1 star has scooped his fourth F1 Drivers’ World Championship title in a dramatic Mexican Grand Prix – and has immediately set himself a target of earning a fifth world trophy.
Hamilton has secured the 2017 title despite only finishing the Mexican race in ninth place, following a first-lap collision with main title protagonist, Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel. The German needed to finish second in order to continue his challenge for the title; in the event, he could only finish fourth.
32-year-old Hamilton’s haul of 33 points thus places him 56 points clear of Vettel, with only 50 points up for grabs in the remaining two races. Hamilton’s team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, also now has a huge 140-point margin in the Constructors’ Championship over Ferrari.
“To be honest, this fourth world title is not even registering right now,” said Hamilton after the dramatic race. “I never gave up, and I kept pushing.”
“Four is a great number – but I want number five now!”
Hamilton’s team boss, Toto Wolff, praised his star driver. “Lewis probably showed the best and most constant performance of his entire career this season… there is no doubt whatsoever that today the right man was crowned world champion today.”
Technical director James Allison backed up Wolff. “It’s hard to imagine a season where the champion has more richly deserved the spoils. It’s been a brilliant, competitive, inspiring year of motorsport and Lewis has been the one constant throughout. We couldn’t be happier for him.”
Even Hamilton’s team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, was full of praise for the Stevenage driver. “The right man won the title this year. Lewis absolutely deserves this!”
However, the Finn also indicated that while Hamilton may want to take his fifth World Championship in 2018, he may not have it quite so easy. “I still want to beat him next year…”