Lewis Hamilton emerges as the second driver ever to win six F1 world titles after clinching the 2019 championship in the United States GP.
The Mercedes driver is now just one title behind Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven.
Lewis Hamilton only required an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s race in Austin to clinch the crown but nearly produced a heroic victory from fifth on the grid, eventually finishing second after team-mate Valtteri Bottas overtook him late on.
But Bottas’ victory was not enough to deny Hamilton’s title celebrations.
“Still we rise, still we rise,” said a jubilant Hamilton over team radio. “What an incredible weekend. Thank you so much guys for today, and to everyone who came out. I can’t believe it. I really can’t believe it.”
He's done it!@LewisHamilton wins the 2019 F1 World Championship!
Title number 6️⃣! pic.twitter.com/jPA52jABOV
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) November 3, 2019
The 2019 crown is Hamilton’s third in a row and fifth since joining Mercedes nearly seven years ago. He won his first title with McLaren in 2008.
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Hamilton told Sky F1’s Martin Brundle: “It’s just overwhelming. It was such a tough race today. Yesterday was a really difficult day for us, Valtteri did a fantastic job.
“Today I just wanted to recover and deliver the one-two for the team. I didn’t think the one-stop would be possible.
“I’m filled with so much emotion. It’s an honour to be up here with those greats.”