Lewis Hamilton Crowned 2015 F1 World Champion
Lewis Hamilton’s win at the US Grand Prix secured him his third F1 Drivers’ World Championship and he hails it as the greatest moment of his life. “It’s overwhelming,” the Mercedes driver said after equalling Sir Jackie Stewart’s record of three world titles for a Briton.
Hamilton becomes the 10th driver in the sport’s history to win three or more championships and is the first Briton to win the title in successive years. Sir Jackie Stewart is the only other British driver to have won three championships in 1969, 1971 and 1973.
Hamilton, who claimed his first championship in 2008 when he drove for McLaren, has dominated the 2015 season, winning 10 races to wrap up the championship with three grand prix remaining. After winning the US Grand Prix, Hamilton threw his podium hat to team-mate Nico Rosberg, only for Nico to throw it right back.
He was emotional and overwhelmed at that moment and found it difficult to find the right words to describe his feelings.
Hamilton secured the title after re-taking the lead of the race with eight laps to go courtesy of an error by his Mercedes team-mate Rosberg. “It’s the greatest feeling I have ever had in my life. I won the championship last year, and now this year, it is just unbelievable,” Hamilton told reporters after the win.
It was an interesting race for spectators, with so many ups and downs. The Safety Car came out twice during a roller coaster ride of a race, which started in wet conditions and featured six lead changes in all, with Hamilton running second to Rosberg after racing resumed for the last time.
“I was behind the Safety Car and Nico with 10 laps to go and thinking “The world championship…am I going to get it today?” But he did and now it’s time to celebrate. “I want to hug lots of people,” Hamilton added.
Hamilton has also equalled the tally of three titles won by his boyhood hero and icon, Ayrton Senna.