Lewis Hamilton is officially the most successful British Formula 1 driver in history, moving one championship clear of Sir Jackie Stewart after winning his fourth world title at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 32-year-old, who moves level with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost, is now only behind Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) in the all-time rankings.
And the Stevenage-born racer now has his sights set on catching the top two.
"Four is a great number,” Hamilton was quoted as saying by Sky Sports, “but I want number five.”
"I think every single win, every single pole has felt new and different in its own way," he added. "I've not got bored of it. It's not felt similar to another one. Every lap is different.
"Each championship has felt different in its own way, I guess because I've been in different place of my life, I've gone through different things.
"This one does feel like one of the best and that's with fighting another team. Ferrari is such an iconic team, Sebastian is a four-time world champion so if I was winning the championship against someone who doesn't have a championship, it wouldn't feel as great. You want to be compared against the guy who is the most decorated."
Hamilton second favourite to win Sports Personality award
Hamilton has been hailed for his latest achievement and is now the second favourite to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award behind Anthony Joshua, who recorded the 20th victory of his career against Carlos Takam on Saturday night.
David Beckham's Instagram message to Hamilton
The great and good of the British sporting world have paid tribute to the F1 star - including former England captain David Beckham, who sent a superb message to his compatriot on Instagram.
“A true champion 🇬🇧 from a young age he knew what he wanted and knew how to get it,” Beckham wrote. “Hard work and dedication ... Congratulations mate on yet another championship 🏆 🏆🏆🏆 @lewishamilton”
Hamilton replies to Beckham's message
Hamilton even took the time to reply to Beckham’s message.
Check out his reply at the bottom of the post…
Great to see such mutual respect between two British sporting icons.
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