Hamilton secures title as Verstappen dominates Mexican GP
Lewis Hamilton secured his fifth Formula 1 world drivers' title as Max Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix in a near re-run of 2017's race. Hamilton came home fourth at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but it was enough to pip Sebastian Vettel, who had to settle for second.
Though any position in the top seven was suitable for Hamilton, he clearly wanted to see through his coronation in style and burned past the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen off the line from third on the grid.
However Hamilton's race soon turned sour – Verstappen passed him after the marathon run to turn one and he tumbled down the order as Mercedes' tyre choices were shown up.
Hamilton spent much of the race berating his team over the radio, but his mood lifted as he crossed the finish line as it confirmed his standing as a five-time world champion – level with Juan Manuel Fangio and with just Michael Schumacher ahead of him.
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