The highly anticipated Mexican Grand Prix lived up to expectations and delivered a thrilling race right from the start 'till the chequered flag was waved after 71 laps at the Mexico City-based circuit on Sunday.
Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were not willing to give each other an inch of space which led to an opening lap collision, with the Brit sustaining a right rear puncture, while Vettel heavily damaged his front wing.
Both drivers headed into the pits to address their respective concerns and rejoined the race with the Brit at the back of the pile, whereas his counterpart was still in contention to finish higher up the order.
Vettel was kept informed of his own progress as well as Hamilton's on the team radio by Ferrari, and despite needing to finish the race at least in second, he could only manage fourth.
The championship leader then ended his race in ninth, but it was enough for him to secure the fourth world title of his professional career.
Hamilton becomes only the fifth driver in the history of Formula One to achieve the milestone.
Heated moments have surfaced throughout the campaign between the duo as they aimed for the highest honour in top-flight racing.
Be it at the Azerbaijan GP, when Vettel accused Hamilton of brake-checking him, to the clash in Mexico, where Hamilton enquired to Mercedes if Vettel deliberately caused the accident in the first lap.
There have been plenty of such instances in the past this campaign.
However, it all concluded during the post-race interview when the pair met for the first time since the title race was decided.
Vettel was midway through his post-race interview when Hamilton was seen heading towards him and patted him on his shoulders.
Both men, as true professionals, left the rivalry on the track and hugged it out.
The newly crowned champion, as well as the Ferrari ace, smiled as Vettel congratulated the 32-year-old on the win.
Vettel and Hamilton are now on the same pedestal, with the two winning four world titles each in the last decade.
Nine victories out of the 18 races completed so far in 2017 was the decisive factor in the Mercedes star winning this term. and Hamilton can now be deemed as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.
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