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FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton Emerges 2018 Champion
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton’s dream of chasing the record by Michael Schumacher seems to be shaping up quite well as the Brit wins his 5th World Championship despite finishing in 4th place at the Mexican Grand Prix, he at the end of the day manages to nail the bigger result and therefore brings to an end the title tussle between him and Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins the Mexican GP for the second time in a row with a dominating run right from the start. Ferrari’s Vettel finishes 2nd, which is his first ever podium finish in Mexico with teammate Kimi Raikonnen also on the podium with a 3rd place finish.
“Amazing,” said Verstappen as David Coulthard interviewed him. “I didn’t sleep very well last night, I was very determined to win, and we’ve done that. We had the right tyres and the car was working very well.” He further said there’ll be no big winner’s party tonight: “I’m going home”.
Red Bull would be really disappointed with the overtly questioned reliability of the Renault engines, to which Daniel Ricciardo fell prey and had his 8th non-finish today.
For Hamilton, it’s a result with a solid performance by both himself and Mercedes throughout this season with little to no errors. Ferrari, on the other hand took a lot of faulty decisions which, in combination with consistent errors by Vettel himself has cost him the 2018 title.
Factfile on Lewis Hamilton:
Name: Lewis Hamilton
Date of birth: January 7, 1985
Place of birth: Stevenage, England
Height: 1.74 m
Car number: 44
Formula 1 career
World championships: 5 – 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Teams: McLaren (2007-2012), Mercedes (since 2013)
Debut: Australia 2007 (3rd)
First win: Canada 2007
Last win: Japan, 2018
Pole positions: 81
Fastest laps: 41
Points scored: 2968
Championship history: 1st (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), 2nd
(2007, 2016), 4th (2010, 2012, 2013), 5th (2009, 2011)