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Lewis Hamilton thanks Mercedes on team radio after Mexico GP win

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Lewis Hamilton took to the team radio to thank his team as the Mercedes driver won his fourth Drivers' Championship at the Mexico Grand Prix, despite only finishing ninth.

The race did not pan out how Hamilton had planned, however.

Any hopes of a victory to secure the title were virtually gone as he collided with Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap, resulting in a puncture which brought Hamilton right to the back of the field.

Hamilton wasn't going to get the win he wanted to round off the title, and he had to work hard to make up places throughout the race.

Vettel needed to finish in the top two to extend the title race, but the collision affected him too, however, he managed to climb into fourth place by the time the chequered flag came out, while Hamilton managed to secure a ninth place finish, which was still enough to secure his fourth Drivers' Championship, his third overall with Mercedes.

Hamilton has a lot to thank his team for.

They have provided him with one of the best cars in terms of performance since the prime days of Red Bull with Vettel driving for them.

While the car may have been imperious, Hamilton still had to do the job asked of him, and has done so in style, becoming the most successful British F1 driver of all time and moving level with Vettel on four titles.

Speaking on Mercedes' team radio after crossing the finish line, Hamilton said: "I just want to thank everyone in this team.

"What you've done this past couple of years is just remarkable and I'm just so grateful for all your hard work this year.

"God bless you."

Scroll to 0:22 in the video below to listen to what Lewis Hamilton had to say.

The race was ultimately won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who is also building a reputation as one of the most promising young drivers the sport has seen in years.

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