Lewis Hamilton says 2018 F1 world title ‘is definitely my best year’

Tanya Simon
October 30, 2018

Lewis Hamilton won his fifth career Formula One championship with a fourth-place finish Sunday at the Mexican Grand Prix, a race dominated by Red Bull's Max Verstappen. "I dreamed of it but I never thought I would be standing here as a five-time world champion".

But he added: "I don't really allow myself to be too emotional in public, but I feel very, very humbled by the whole experience".

"Three times in my life I have had that disappointment when you realise you can't win the world championship and those are not happy days".

"Just things are happening on Sunday which I've got no more explanation for. I hope that this kicks in soon, I'm definitely getting more excited as I think about it more".

Horner said Ricciardo's misfortune soured what was Red Bull's best race in a while, as Verstappen romped to victory.

"I always believed we could win this championship, but it was one of the toughest", Hamilton said.

Ricciardo qualified on pole position but lost ground at the start, running fourth for a spell before climbing back into second place.

And during his post-race rant, Ricciardo fumed with his team, insisting he is now ready to pass the baton over to his replacement Pierre Gasly.

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"In all areas, I think this year I have been able to lift them all up".

"He was especially annoyed by missing the pole and by the vehicle, but also by Ricciardo", Verstappen said.

The Dutch driver seized the lead at the start, with Hamilton also making a quick getaway to slot in behind with Ricciardo dropping to third.

Although he ended the day with the drivers' title, it was not a race Hamilton will look back on fondly. Behind, Vettel, knowing that he had to win to stand any chance of stopping Hamilton, he held off a fast-starting Valtteri Bottas, the pair even banging wheels at Turn 3, both escaping without damage.

As he crossed the line to take the title in Mexico for the second year in a row, Hamilton heard a message from Hollywood actor Will Smith come over the radio: "That's how you do it, just like that".

The retirement is just another depressing chapter in Ricciardo's season, with the driver failing to finish in eight races.

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault, who had Spaniard Carlos Sainz retire early on, with Charles Leclerc seventh for Sauber.

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