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.

lewis-hamilton-world-champion-mercedes-neuschwansteiner-04Hats off also to Nico Rosberg who drove a strong race and finished second to clinch his 12th podium of the season and 38th of his Formula One™ career.

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.

lewis-hamilton-world-champion-mercedes-neuschwansteiner-03Lewis Hamilton said: “It’s an overwhelming moment. Remembering my first British Championship, when my dad and me drove home singing ‚We Are the Champions‚.

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 greatnessyours and your team’s! This Team has been so amazing. I feel incredibly thankful.”

Lewis Hamilton signing our special edition ZOOM F1™ charity bottle of Neuschwansteiner

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.”

lewis-hamilton-world-champion-mercedes-neuschwansteiner-06We 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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Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR. Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.