Very Well Done!
Lewis Hamilton took his 10th win of the season, the 43rd of his Formula One™ career, en route to sealing his third World Drivers‘ Championship crown and becoming the 10th driver to win three or more titles and the only Briton to successfully defend his crown.
Austin also saw the Mercedes driver become the first to claim ten or more victories in consecutive seasons. The result marks the 25th 1-2 finish for the Silver Arrows in Formula One™ and the 50th for Mercedes-Benz power.
From all of us at Neuschwansteiner massive congratulations to Lewis and his Mercedes team. October 11th, they won the constructors championship in Sotchi, October 17th, Pascal Wehrlein won the DTM Championship for Mercedes, and now Hamilton has won the prestigious F1™ drivers title.
Until the very end of the race, it was not clear, if either Rosberg or Vettel could keep the title fight open, so Hamilton was even more relieved when he realized he had it and said to his crew over the car-radio: “The is the greatest moment in my life”! MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS now lead Ferrari by 200 points in the Constructors‘ Championship.
Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg scored all but one of this seasons 16 Pole Positions and all but two race victories with only three races to go to the Championship Final in Abu Dhabi.
Thinking about how much my family sacrificed – my Mum, my Dad, my whole family. And also thinking about my fans. They give me so much energy and I hope I inspire them to never give up on their hopes and dreams.
It’s just incredible to equal Ayrton, too. My target was always three titles as he was the one who inspired me. There is no one I want to equal now – I just want to carry on as far and long as I can. For any driver, you want to win in anything you compete in – but this is the ultimate goal.
Championships mean greatness – yours and your team’s! This Team has been so amazing. I feel incredibly thankful.”
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport said: “First of all, a huge congratulations to Lewis.
He has driven like a Champion all season and now rightly takes his place in a special group with a third title. I have no doubt there is more to come from him, so if we can keep delivering a car that is capable of doing the job, then anything is possible for him.
For Nico is has been an unlucky year in many ways. But he has shown his fighting spirit once again today and that will not change in the seasons to come. Looking ahead, we have three races still to go. I have never been in that situation where everything is comfortable and I can sit back and enjoy the race as a fan, so I’m looking forward to seeing our two drivers fight flat out with nothing to lose.”
Our CEO and founder, Christian Seitz said: “Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes – what a successful year for them! They have all clearly worked very hard and been very dominant over the entire season and deserve those two titles.”
We will soon reveal more details about a special charity event with our partner @ZoomAuction in one of the world’s most impressive hotels in the lead up to the F1™ GP in Abu Dhabi with this one-of-a-kind bottle, signed by the F1™ drivers with the ZOOM charity logo in sparkling Swarowksi crystals. To honour their championship title the Mercedes drivers and team Principal Toto Wolff have signed the golden cap.
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