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Hamilton and title rival Sebastian Vettel collide
High drama, incident, excitement and a nail-biting finale – it is unlikely Lewis Hamilton would have imagined that securing his fourth Formula One championship would prove such an extraordinary business. But at the end of it all, with a ninth-place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix, he did indeed emerge as champion.
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“It was a horrible way to do it, to be honest,” he said after a run of five wins from the last six races meant he clinched the title with his lowest finish of the season. He ended down the field after a clash with his championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, at the start put the British driver into last place. The race was won by Max Verstappen, his second victory of the season in the Red Bull, but Vettel’s recovery from 19th to fourth was <a href="http://www.dolphinsauthenticjerseys.com /Authentic-William-Hayes-Jersey"> http://www.dolphinsauthenticjerseys.com/ Authentic-William-Hayes-Jersey</a> insufficient to continue his challenge.
Vettel’s fightback was determined but Hamilton had a 66-point advantage going into the race and it proved enough for him to take his place in the history books. After a season that has pushed him to perform at his very best, the end was nerve-racking but the championship deserved.
Hamilton had wanted to seal it with a win in style at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez but that was almost out of his hands after the opening-lap incident. Hamilton took a puncture and the subsequent pit stop put him a full minute off the lead; damage to the diffuser meant he had lost performance, making any fightback even harder, while Vettel was also forced to visit the pits for a new nose.
“Did he hit me deliberately?” asked Hamilton, but the stewards took no further action after what did appear to be a racing incident. Although both drivers came back through the pack, the German had too much to do.
This fourth title, after winning for McLaren in 2008 and twice for Mercedes in 2014 and 2015, is one more than Sir Jackie Stewart achieved in 1973. It is one more than Hamilton’s hero Ayrton <a href="http://www.officialcardinalsbaseball.co m/authentic-27-brett-cecil-jersey.html" >Womens Brett Cecil Jersey</a> Senna scored and puts him level with Alain Prost and Vettel. Only two drivers have more – Juan Manuel Fangio on five and Michael Schumacher with seven.
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