Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton on Sunday sealed his fourth driver’s title at the Mexican GP and the 32-year-old promptly called out his team and fans on Instagram for their immense support throughout the 2017 season.
As a kid, I always dreamt of being in Formula 1. I never lost sight of that dream, even when people said it would be impossible. I stand here now with 4 World Championships and am proof that if you follow your dreams with everything you have, they can come true. I am so grateful to all 1,500 people in my Team who all have a dream of making the best F1 car and tirelessly make that dream a reality. My fans, #TeamLH, I would not be here without you. You’ve carried me through adversity and shared my joy in moments such as these. Truly, thank you. We are all rising together and I am so excited for what our future brings together. #LH4 🏆#StillWeRise #TeamLH @mercedesamgf1 📷@suttonimages
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez but the spotlight was all on the Silver Arrows man, who came in ninth place.
Hamilton’s championship rival Sebastian Vettel could only manage a fourth-place finish, which made it mathematically impossible for the German to overhaul him with just two races left in the season.
Mercedes and Hamilton have dominated the F1 scene for the past four years and despite a Ferrari resurgence in the early stages of the 2017 season, they once again came to the fore to clinch yet another constructors and drivers crown.
The Silver Arrows have won the constructors’ standings for the last four seasons in a row (2014-17) while Hamilton has lifted the drivers’ championship thrice in that time span (2014, 2015 and 2017).
Nico Rosberg, Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, won the title last year and subsequently announced his shock retirement to leave many questioning whether anyone could challenge Hamilton in the 2017 season.
A familiar foe-Ferrari-answered the call, at least intially.
The Prancing Horse matched them for pace, especially on race-days, but their reliability issues in the second-half of the season derailed Vettel’s charge to what could have been a fifth world title.
As it stands, Hamilton is level with Vettel and Alain Prost with four drivers’ crowns, behind only Juan Manuel Fangio (five) and Michael Schumacher (seven).
Still only 32, the British driver is tipped to overtake Fangio and perhaps even Schumacher’s records in the coming years, especially if Mercedes can continue to stay competitive.