A victorious Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to his father Anthony after emulating Juan Manuel Fangio by winning a fifth World Championship on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Mercedes star is now just two championships shy of the Formula One record set by Michael Schumacher, despite stuttering to fourth during a dramatic race in Mexico.
Hamilton spent much of the Grand Prix at odds with his team as he struggled for pace, and then dramatically ran off the road while defending third position from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
But, just as in Mexico City last year, Hamilton, who needed to finish only seventh to be sure of the title, did enough to take the spoils, clinching his fourth championship in five quite remarkable seasons.
Hamilton performed a series of celebratory doughnuts for the 40,000-strong crowd in the former baseball stadium section of this unique Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue, before standing on top of his car to salute them.
Sebastian Vettel, who finished second behind Max Verstappen, sportingly broke away from his post-race interview to embrace Hamilton before the Briton lauded his father, who worked four jobs to set his son on the path to greatness.
Anthony acted as his son’s manager before their acrimonious split in 2010.
“To my family back home, I love you,” Hamilton said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the hard work that my father did, and my family. It is a very humbling experience.
“I have been at Mercedes since I was 13 so to complete this, and Fangio won two championships with Mercedes, is an incredible feeling. It feels very, very surreal at the moment.”
However, before giving out a special message, Hamilton received one of his own, and it was from none other than American superstar Will Smith.
The famous actor was in the Mercedes garage after the race, and he was pretty quick to get onto Hamilton's team radio to send him a rather amusing and brilliant message.
"Hey Lewis, congrats man. That's how you do it, baby, just like I taught you, that's how you do it. Just like that, that's how you're supposed to drive."
Although it was a brilliant message, given by the lack of response from the Brit himself, it's safe to say he may have missed it.
“It was a horrible race,” Hamilton said after the race. “I had a great start, and I was really working my way up, and then I really don’t know what happened after that.
“We were struggling, so I just tried to hold on and bring the car home.
“Bono (race engineer Pete Bonnington) said on the radio that the title wasn’t won here, but a lot of hard work over a lot of races.”News Now - Sport News