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Lewis Hamilton reveals how it felt racing so far down the grid for Mercedes at Mexico Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has done something that most other drivers are unlikely to achieve during their Formula One career; by winning the Drivers' Championship from ninth.

It was not the manner in which the British driver had hoped of winning a fourth title - having only needed to finish 17 points clear of closest title rival, Sebastien Vettel.

Winning title generally means finishing on a high, but the way in which the 32-year-old secured it will perhaps not be quite as memorable as the previous three.

The Hertfordshire driver had won five of the past six races, prior to the Mexico Grand Prix, while Vettel has finished on the podium only once in the past five races.

It's been a contrasting second half of the season for the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers - one which has allowed Hamilton to match Vettel's four world championships.

Verstappen steals headlines in Mexico

But Hamilton, nor Vettel, were going to get their way at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday evening - as young Dutch driver Max Verstappen stole the show.

The 20-year-old comfortably won the race ahead of Hamilton's teammate, Valtteri Bottas - who joined Verstappen on the podium alongside Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton and Vettel were forced to pit in the first lap after the former's tire punctured, while the German suffered damage to his wing after an early collision with Verstappen.

The eventual race winner was lucky not to suffer a similar fate to his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, who was forced to retire after an engine failure in the opening lap.

But while one of F1's heavyweights limped out almost immediately, that did not allow Hamilton the chance to simply breeze his way through the rest of the pack, instead, claiming just two points.

Hamilton reveals his 'mixed emotions'

Speaking to Sky Sports, per BBC Sport, Hamilton admitted: "It was a horrible way to do it (win the world title) but what can I do? I said I wasn't going to take it easy at turn one.

"I placed the car in the perfect position and left a lot of space for the car behind. I kept coming back. I want to say a big thank you to everyone back at Brixworth and Brackley.

"Being 40 seconds behind is like being in no man's land. I was just thinking about catching. The feelings are so mixed right now."

It was not the grandstand finish Hamilton had hoped for, but Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was on hand to offer congratulations to his friend over the team radio following the race.

Now Hamilton heads to his footballer friend's native home of Brazil as the 2017 F1 champion for the penultimate race of the season.

Topics:
Nico Rosberg
Fernando Alonso
Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen
Formula 1
Mercedes
Daniel Ricciardo

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