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Lewis Hamilton after winning 5th World Title

Lewis Hamilton has claimed his fifth Formula 1 World Drivers Championship after a successful Mexican Grand Prix.

Despite missing out on the victory in Mexico (losing out to Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing), Hamilton finished the race in fourth place behind championship contender Sebastian Vettel - of Ferrari - who ended the race in second.

Hamilton is only the third driver in the history of the sport to have five or more world titles to his name after Juan Manuel Fangio - 5 - (1951, 1954-57) and Micheal Schumacher - 7 - (1994, 1995, 2000-04). By claiming his fifth title Hamilton is asserting himself as the most successful British driver in Formula 1 history.

In a press conference before the American Grand Prix in Austin Texas - Hamilton was asked about Fangio, the only other driver to have exactly five world titles - Lewis responded by saying: "Fangio is the godfather of the sport".

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