Lewis Hamilton wins record seventh Formula One world championship

Lewis Hamilton of Britain topped two points grids for the first time in his racing career, clinching a seventh Formula One world championship in Mexico City. He has won eight races in 2019, a…

Lewis Hamilton wins record seventh Formula One world championship

Lewis Hamilton of Britain topped two points grids for the first time in his racing career, clinching a seventh Formula One world championship in Mexico City.

He has won eight races in 2019, a total equaled by Michael Schumacher in 2002, and finished on the podium in all 21 races to finish with 305 points, two more than team mate Sebastian Vettel and 49 ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

His last three victories have been in Texas, Brazil and Mexico.

“When you go to the last corner and you run out of fuel and you fall over, then you know,” Hamilton said after recovering from a stalled engine.

“I have to thank my team for giving me the opportunity to drive the quickest car and hopefully I won’t give them the opportunity to fall over again for the next few years.”

Vettel won his sixth title for Ferrari last year but the German team may still be reeling from Toyota overtaking them and securing fifth place overall in 2017 and a first podium finish with Red Bull in Australia in March.

The German finished third in Mexico but extended his record overall deficit to Hamilton to 23 points, with Raikkonen 18 adrift.

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