A dynamic race in Mexico last weekend saw Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton secure a fourth Championship title.
A clash with Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap saw both drivers play catch-up roles for the whole race. And although the Ferrari driver recovered to fourth, Hamilton's ninth-place finish was enough to secure him the title with two rounds to go.
It ensured Hamilton joined the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, who have also won the world title on four or more occasions.
After Sunday, there was brief speculation that Hamilton might have been considering retirement, but he confirmed there is no plan to leave Formula 1 anytime soon and wants a fifth title.
"Actually 44 is my magic number but I’d be here a long time to get 44 championships!" he said, as per Motorsport Monday.
"Four is a part of it. Four is a great number. I want number five now but you just take it one step at a time."
"It’s really about embracing, firstly what you love, the people that you work with, your family. It is really about not listening to people who try to tell you what to do. It is about you finding your centre and your core. Because we are all different and we are all unique in our own way, we are all bright stars."
Hamilton admits that not everyone believed in his abilities along the way, and is hoping that his success motivates people and shows them that they can achieve anything.
But the Brit also wishes his school teachers, in particular, regret how they tried to deter him away from his dream.
Hamilton added: "I hope my winning the fourth time, a world champion from Stevenage, I hope that is a testimony to show that you really can do something from nowhere. I hope one day I am able to help find the next me because he is somewhere out there."
"Jeez... I wonder what the people at my school are thinking, when I was growing up, there is a couple of teachers that said 'you’re never going to amount to anything', so I wonder what they are thinking now when they watch me today?"
"For sure, they are probably watching. Or at least they will read the news tomorrow."
"I wonder what they are thinking? I wonder if they are thinking ‘I helped that young lad,’ or are they thinking ‘you know what, I regret what I said and I’ve grown from it.’ I hope that is really the case."
"I hope they have grown though it. I hope that whoever’s kids they are teaching today, they are encouraging them, rather than pulling them down."
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