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Lewis Hamilton: Stevenage driver clinches fifth world title to cement his place among F1 greats

Lewis Hamilton has now won five F1 world titles. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton has been crowned Formula One world champion for the fifth time in his illustrious career.

The Mercedes driver finished fourth at the Mexican Grand Prix to clinch the title and become only the third five-time champion in the history of the sport.

His achievement means he's tied with the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time list, and is now just two behind Michael Schumacher.

  • Watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Andy Ward on Hamilton's rise to the top

Hamilton only needed to finish seventh in Mexico, even if Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the race.

In the end, Max Verstappen from Milton Keynes-based Red Bull cruised to victory, with Vettel crossing the line in second, but the result was something of a sideshow on a day that belonged to Hamilton.

Hamilton is now just two titles behind Michael Schumacher. Credit: PA/ITV News Anglia

After he'd passed the chequered flag, Hamilton waved to the capacity 135,000 crowd before hugging members of his Mercedes team.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Hamilton said: "It is a very strange feeling right now.

"I'm so grateful for all the hard work back home (at the Mercedes factory in Brackley, Northamptonshire), for everyone who has been a part of it.

"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13, so to complete this, when Fangio has done it with Mercedes, it's an incredible feeling. It's very surreal at the moment."

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Hamilton's victory will no doubt have sparked wild celebrations at the Mercedes headquarters in Brackley, Northamptonshire, and the team will now also be hoping to secure the constructors' championship ahead of Ferrari in the remaining two races of the season.

Incidentally, at 33, Hamilton is the same age as Schumacher was when he claimed his fifth crown and he will be desperate to one day be out on his own as the most successful driver of all-time.