‘It’s very surreal!’ Hamilton celebrates matching Fangio’s five titles
‘It is very surreal!’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates matching Juan Manuel Fangio’s five titles and pays tribute to ‘all the hard work’ from his father
- Lewis Hamilton claimed fourth place to win the F1 title at the Mexican Grand Prix
- The Brit now has won five world championships, matching Juan Manuel Fangio
- Hamilton thanked his family, including father Anthony for all his ‘hard work’
Lewis Hamilton drove further into the history books by claiming his fifth Formula One world title in the Mexican Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old Briton equalled Juan Manuel Fangio, the Argentine great who won his championships in the Fifties, and then paid tribute to his father Anthony for the sacrifices he made to set him on his way to sporting immortality.
Hamilton, who finished an adequate fourth on the day, said: ‘It was a horrible race. But to my family back home, I love you, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the hard work that my father did.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates with physio Angela Cullen after claiming his fifth world title
It is a humbling moment.’ Anthony Hamilton took on four jobs to support Lewis as he rose from a Stevenage council estate to the pinnacle of motor racing.
‘It is a very strange feeling right now,’ added the champion. ‘I have been at Mercedes since I was 13 so to take this title, given that Fangio won two championships with Mercedes, is an incredible feeling. It is very surreal.’
Hamilton struggled with his tyres and although he showed glimpses of his majestic talent finished behind winner Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. But he only needed to come seventh to beat Vettel to the title with two rounds remaining.
The Brit has now matched the great Juan Manuel Fangio’s five world championships
Hamilton shared an embrace with Vettel in the 40,000-strong stadium section of the Mexico track afterwards and stood on top of his Silver Arrow to take the acclaim of the crowd.
He added: ‘I had a great start, and I was working my way up, and then I really don’t know what happened.
‘We were struggling, so I just tried to hold on and bring the car home.’ Vettel was magnanimous in defeat, breaking away from his interview to offer warm congratulations to his conqueror.
Hamilton was congratulated on his success by his title rival Sebastian Vettel in Mexico
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