With two races remaining in the calendar year, both the Drivers’ as well as Constructors’ Championships are sealed, with Lewis Hamilton securing his fourth world title, and Mercedes reigning supreme for the fourth successive year.
The Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday was filled with drama and twists, but ultimately, the inevitable happened.
Hamilton and Vettel went full throttle right from the start, which led to a collision on the opening lap, with the Brit sustaining a right rear puncture while Vettel heavily damaged his front wing.
Managing to recover themselves in the pits at the end of the first lap, Vettel came out in the middle of the chasing pack, still with a slim chance of a potential podium finish.
Hamilton, on the contrary, was forced to play catch up after coming out at the back of the grid.
The German star, needing a minimum of a second place finish this weekend to take the title race to the penultimate round in Brazil, failed to go past fourth despite a brilliant performance.
His 32-year-old rival finished ninth, but it had little bearing on the outcome as he registered his name into the record books as a four-time world champion.
However, a hilarious incident happened during the post-race interview involving Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.
The Finnish ace is rarely seen bursting into laughter and maintains a calm and composed conduct, while Verstappen is quite the opposite.
Put on the spot after Hamilton’s triumph in Mexico, both the Ferrari star and Red Bull youngster were asked of their thoughts regarding the world title success of his peer.
Interviewer: "Few words on Hamilton’s achievement?"
Raikkonen: “I think you have to go and talk to him.”
Interviewer: “We will do, but the achievement?”
Raikkonen: “Well, it’s great for him, a lot of wins, a lot of championships. Good, but what can I say? I think…
Verstappen: “Basically, you don’t care, right?”
Raikkonen: “No, I don’t! Can we be happy about it? In a way yes, but…”
Verstappen: “I think we’d prefer to be in that position, right?”
Raikkonen: “You can be happy for him but inside, you know, you…”
It was indeed awkward at the end, when the questions related to the topic came to an abrupt end with none of the two drivers showing any willingness to continue talking about it.
Hamilton has won three titles in the last four years. He becomes the fifth driver in the history of the sport to accomplish the feat of winning four world championships.
The remaining two races at Brazil and Abu Dhabi now becomes just a formality before the curtains fall on yet another enthralling campaign in top-flight racing.
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