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Lewis Hamilton wins third Drivers' World Championship at US Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton secured his third Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship after winning the United States Grand Prix ahead of teammate and rival Nico Rosberg.

The Mercedes driver pipped Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, who finished second and third, respectively, to become only the second British man to win three World Championships and his tenth Grand Prix of the year.

Sir Jackie Stewart was the first man to win three Grand Prix World titles in 1969, 1971 and 1973.


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Hamilton's victory places him joint fifth on the all-time championship list with the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Jack Brabham and Niki Lauda, and four behind all-time leading champion Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton beats Rosberg to first place

Hamilton needed to clear Vettel by nine points and Rosberg by two to be crowned champion. During the latter stages of the race, Nico Rosberg made a costly error, subsequently finishing 0.5 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel and second, behind Hamilton.

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A jubilant Hamilton thanked his team and family for their support and marked the occasion as the greatest moment of his life.

Hamilton, 30, said after the race, as reported by The Guardian: "I can't find the right words to tell you how amazing this feels."

US victory a career highlight for Brit

While the Daily Mail reports Hamilton saying: "This is the greatest moment of my life."

Only four drivers have won more world championships than Lewis Hamilton. Record holder Michael Schumacher has seven, Alain Prost and Juan Manuel Fangio on five and rival Sebastian Vettel on four.

Hamilton won the World Championship in 2008 and in 2014; becoming the first British driver to win consecutive world titles.

With 43 wins at just the age of 30, there is a strong claim that Lewis Hamilton is the greatest British F1 driver of all time.

After Hamilton's dominant season in F1, who can stop the Brit from securing a fourth consecutive world title? Give your opinion in the comment box below!

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