Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on Sunday sealed his fourth drivers’ title at the Mexican GP and British football legend David Beckham was quick to post a congratulatory message for his compatriot on Instagram.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull won the race while Hamilton came in ninth place but it was enough to secure him a fourth world title as championship rival Sebastian Vettel could only manage a fourth-place finish.
Hamilton had started the 2017 season as a favourite after narrowly missing out on the title to then-Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg last year and despite Vettel leading the charts early on, the 32-year-old overhauled his German rival by the midway mark.
As Ferrari struggled with reliability issues, Hamilton and Mercedes took advantage to stretch their lead not just in the drivers’ rankings but the constructors as well. The Silver Arrows clinched their fourth constructors title on the trot
Titles in 2008, 2014, 2015 and now 2017 have seen Hamilton equal Vettel and Alain Prost records, with only Juan Manuel Fangio (5) and Michael Schumacher (7) ahead of him in the all-time list.
Beckham, who starred for Manchester United and Real Madrid during a glittering footballing career, is a good friend of Hamilton and is a regular visitor at the British Grand Prix which takes place at the iconic Silverstone circuit.
In fact, Hamilton is fast friends with several other British sporting icons, including Mo Farah. The star athlete was the guest of honour at the Japanese GP, which Hamilton won, earlier in October.