Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins sixth title, one away from Michael Schumacher's all-time record
Publish Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:05 AM IST
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth world title on Sunday after he finished second after his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the United States Grand Prix. The 34-year-old was finished just 4.148 seconds behind Bottas and added 18 points to reach 381 points that is impossible for others to reach in the ongoing season.
The 34-year-old showed a great determination to win from fifth on the grid from pole position but was unable to resist the Finn, who had fresher tyres in critical final laps. After leading twice, Hamilton was passed by Bottas with three laps remaining and then resisted Red Bull's Max Verstappen to take his 150th podium finish and 31st successive finish in points.
It helped Hamilton seal the title. He is just one title away from equalling the record of seven F1 championships of Michael Schumacher. Hamilton has won F1 titles in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
"I can't believe it, thanks a lot," Hamilton told the team radio as he moved past Argentina's Juan-Manuel Fangio's record of five titles.
Following the race, Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to late Niki Lauda claiming the Mercedes team mentor was with him "in spirit".
Thrice world champion Lauda passed away in May at the age of 70. The Austrian was much in his mind after Hamilton secured the 2019 title. "I miss him so much and I know he would take his cap off here today," he was quoted as saying by AFP.
The Briton felt that this season has been his hardest year to date in fighting to win the championship.
Meanwhile, Ferrari's C. Leclerc and A Albon of Red Bull finished fourth and fifth in the US Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari retired with a suspension failure.
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