From a stormy start, to a shining finish!
That’s how the Mexican Grand Prix of 2017 can be termed for Lewis Hamilton, who secured his fourth world title on Sunday, becoming only the fifth driver in history to achieve the feat.
A disastrous start following a collision with Sebastian Vettel incurred Hamilton a puncture on the opening lap, as he limped towards the pits to change tyres.
As a result, he was left right at the back, and it was then a race of catch up for him.
Luckily, the first lap clash ended with Vettel also damaging his front wing, although he rejoined the race still in contention to finish higher up the order.
Vettel needed to finish at least in second to take the title race to the penultimate round in Brazil, but he finished in fourth, while Hamilton ended in ninth, which was enough to embed his name into the record books as a four-time world champion.
Former teammate and rival Nico Rosberg was among the first to congratulate the Brit on the excellent season, and took to social media to express his feelings.
Rosberg posted a video message on his official YouTube channel, commending the genius of Hamilton on achieving yet another milestone.
He said: “To Lewis, congrats. A really awesome performance this year and really well-deserved fourth championship. Very, very impressive, of course.
“What a season it has been overall. The battle between Mercedes and Ferrari with Red Bull in the mix, it's perfect I think.”
The German talked about the rivalry between Hamilton and Vettel, which has been enticing to say the least, and further praised Mercedes for the hard-work that secured their fourth successive Constructors’ Championship.
“Lewis versus Seb has been exciting and everybody else who has been in the mix from time to time,” Rosberg added.
“Of course also a big congratulations to Mercedes, it's been a really incredible job what they've done across a massive regulation change, to completely start from scratch and to then dominate like that, especially now towards the end of the season, I think that is very, very impressive, so I hope you all celebrate in style tonight.”
The former champion, at the end of his video, informed his fans about when they could see him in the paddock next.
Rosberg stated: “For those of you watching, I’ll be back in the paddock, I think in Abu Dhabi latest. So, I’ll see some of you out there. In the meantime, have fun.”
Three titles in a period of four years, Hamilton truly has earned the right to be regarded among the greats of top-flight racing.
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