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Sport: Accordinng to Channels Television Hamilton Wins Sixth Formula One World Title
Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth drivers world
championship, but not in the style he hoped for on Sunday when he
finished second behind his triumphant Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas
in an eventful United States Grand Prix.
34-year-old Briton fought with ferocious determition to win from fifth
on the grid, but was unable to resist the Finn, who started from pole
and, with a two-stop strategy, had fresher tyres in the critical final
After leading twice, Hamilton was passed by Bottas with
three laps remaining and then resisted Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to take
his 150th podium finish and his 31st successive finish in the points.
It sealed his sixth title, leaving him one adrift of Michael Schumacher on seven.
Hamilton added the 2019 title to previous triumphs in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
can’t believe it, thanks a lot,” Hamilton said over the team radio as
he moved out of a tie for five titles he held with Argentina’s
He added: “It’s just overwhelming if I’m
really honest. It was such a tough race today, Valtteri did a great job.
As an athlete I feel as fresh as can be. We’ll keep pushing for the
rest of the season.”
“I didn’t know if it would be possible but I
worked as hard as I could here with my team back at the factory. My mum,
dad, step-mum and step-dad and my family are here and it’s an honour to
be here with six titles with those greats.
“My dad told me when I was like six or seven never to give up and that’s kind of the family motto.”
It was Bottas’s fourth win of the season and the seventh of his career.
feels good, it is a good win,” said the Finn. “Personally, I failed on
my target this year, but Lewis deserves it. He’s had a good season.”
Hamilton parked his Mercedes in a space “reserved for the champion” before leaping into the arms of his family and friends.
finished third ahead of Charles Leclerc of Ferrari -– some compensation
to team boss Mattia Binotto on his 50th birthday following the early
retirement, with broken suspension, of Sebastian Vettel –- with Alex
Albon fifth in the second Red Bull.
Daniel Ricciardo was sixth for
Renault ahead of the two McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz,
Nico Hulkenberg in the second Renault and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.