Lewis Hamilton Storms to Third World Title
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton secured his third world title in dramatic fashion on Sunday when he took victory in a roller-coaster, stop-start, wet-and-dry United States Grand Prix.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton secured his third world title in dramatic fashion on Sunday when he took victory in a roller-coaster, stop-start, wet-and-dry United States Grand Prix. (All AFP photos)
The 30-year-old Briton, who started from second on the grid, came home 2.850 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to deliver his 10th victory of a dominant season.
Hamilton now has an unbeatable total of 327 points, moving him beyond the reach of both Rosberg, who finished second, and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who came home third.
But an emotional Hamilton owed his victory, in the end, to an unforced error by Rosberg on the 49th lap when he made a mistake and ran wide at Turn 15 as the pair duelled for the lead.
Hamilton's success enabled him to equal the record of Jackie Stewart as the only Britons to win three drivers' world titles and the first to win two championships in succession.
"It's the greatest moment of my life. Thank you all so much, I am so grateful to you all. And to my family I love you all," said Hamilton.
Three-time champion Niki Lauda welcomed Lewis Hamilton to the exclusive club for triple title-winners on Sunday and forecast that the 30-year-old Briton will "get better and better."
Interviewed on the podium by pop's very own 'rocket man', British pop singer Elton John, Hamilton sprayed the champagne with abandon while Rosberg looked shellshocked and barely reacted.
"I'm very disappointed. Something like that (his late error) has never happened to me ever. Really tough to lose the lead and the win like that," Rosberg said.
Sergio Perez finished fifth in his Force India.