Lewis Hamilton had announced three days earlier that he had accomplished the career target that he had always set himself. Now he had the biggest title of all to reach.
The British driver joined compatriot Jackie Stewart on seven World Drivers’ Championships, equaling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record at the end of the 85th and final race of the season in Austin, Texas.
“God the honour! This has been an incredible year. Thank you so much to all my team for all their efforts. It’s been a privilege to be your partner, and I couldn’t do it without you,” Hamilton said after clinching the championship for Mercedes at the Circuit of the Americas.
“This has been an emotional year for me, not only as a driver but also as a human being. This has been one of the best years of my life, to celebrate it with my team is one of the biggest gifts I could ever ask for.”
Hamilton’s victory today was his fourth of the season and the 58th of his career, a record that is being matched next year by Sebastian Vettel, who today finished third at the track.