'Content and happy' Hamilton celebrating fifth title with dogs and friends

'Content and happy' Hamilton celebrating fifth title with dogs and friends

'Content and happy' Hamilton celebrating fifth title with dogs and friends

Lewis Hamilton celebrated a fifth Formula 1 world title after struggling to fourth place in the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday, a race won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen.Hamilton's 2018 season.

Hamilton, 33, had needed only five points to be sure of the title while four times champion Vettel had to win to have any hope of denying the Briton.

The Mercedes star had just secured his fifth championship, becoming only the third driver in Formula One history to do so, yet this triumph in the thin air of Mexico City didn't possess the drama of his first title in 2008, or the relief of beating his bitter foe, Nico Rosberg at the season-decider in Abu Dhabi six years later. "I thought it was going to be enough with the problems we had, but it's still good to be second".

The Red Bull cars have been flying all weekend in Mexico City's thin air, but for all the money, it looked as though it would be Verstappen, and not Ricciardo, who would claim pole.

It was their first lockout since the United States Grand Prix in 2013 and on a day that record-breaking speed gave them the initiative for a race won by Verstappen past year.

"In my mind I have to work, go to the debrief and try to win in Brazil".

Vettel delivered his best drive since the summer break on Sunday, but it was a case of too little, too late for the German, whose championship challenge has been defined by a series of mistakes.

"I always believed we could win this championship, but it was one of the toughest", Hamilton said.

"Credit where credit's due", said Horner after Sunday's race.

Vettel will have the small consolation of beating Hamilton in the title-clinching race, passing him about midway through on a run down the long straight in a test of power between F1's top two teams.

Speaking after the grand prix, the Englishman revealed his paternal grandfather Davidson, who emigrated from Grenada to London in 1955, had passed away.

While Hamilton was celebrating the peak of his career, Daniel Ricciardo was devastated.

The Australian was running in second and set for a one-stop strategy which would have likely seen him hold off Sebastian Vettel for a Red Bull one-two before smoke began billowing from his vehicle with only 10 laps remaining. "We will get a good tow from the two in front so hopefully I can gain a position".

"Number five is incredible".

Yet, while Red Bull will be encouraged by their impressive pace, the mechanical problems which have plagued Verstappen's teammate Ricciardo in recent races, reared their head on his auto, which will no doubt be a cause for concern.

"I didn't sleep very well last night", said Verstappen. But in Mexico, that sadness was replaced by anger, as Ricciardo suffered his seventh mechanically-related DNF of the season - and admitted that he was more than ready to hand over his auto to Pierre Gasly for 2019...

Ricciardo, who will leave to join Renault at the end of the season, has now retired from eight races in 2018.

His exit from the race marked the Aussie's sixth retirement in the past 11 grands prix.

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