I feel very humbled by the whole experience: Lewis Hamilton after 5th F1 title

first_imgFormula One champion Lewis Hamilton sai he was “very happy” after winning the drivers’ title for the fifth time. Hamilton equalled Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five titles after finishing fourth in the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday.The race was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen while title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and his teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished third.Hamilton said he felt humbled to become a five-time world champion, and the enormity of his achievement had yet to sink in.The Mercedes driver joined the late Argentine great Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only men to win at least five titles.A day to remember! #HiFive pic.twitter.com/pBwoxUy0IDMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 29, 2018More people have walked on the moon than have won five crowns in a championship that started in 1950. Only Schumacher has won more than the man who could one day surpass even the German.”Let me just try and realise that I’ve won this one,” commented Hamilton when asked about Schumacher’s seven.”It’s very, very weird. I remember when I won a championship in Formula Three, and even then it didn’t register. I hope this kicks in soon, I definitely feel more excitement coming as I think about it more.”When it starts to sink in that you’re a five-time @F1 World Champion… pic.twitter.com/k5jkOb8Ue8Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 29, 2018Hamilton has won 71 races, 20 fewer than Schumacher, and four titles for Mercedes in the past five years. The first was with McLaren in 2008.advertisementDespite coming to Mexico with a 70-point advantage and needing only to finish seventh to wrap things up, he expressed amazement at where he now found himself.”Right now I feel very, very humbled by the whole experience,” he said.”It’s hard to realise it at the moment. It’s something that of course I dreamed of, but I never in a million years thought that I would be standing here today as a five-time world champion.”Thanking everyone on his team, his family and father for their faith and sacrifices, Hamilton said it had definitely been his best season yet.”It was a goal,” he explained.”When I won the championship last year I was, like, ‘how can I improve, how can I be fitter, more focused, manage my time better, just be a better all-round driver not just in the car but also with my team in the garage, with the engineers, back at the factory?'”I think this year I’ve been able to lift them all up.”I don’t know if that’s something that comes with age, maybe experience helps, but I honestly feel I’ve performed my best this year. I’m very happy with how it’s gone.”Our boys #HiFive pic.twitter.com/FjImoycNRfMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 28, 2018Hamilton thanked the team also for their belief and hard work.”For me, I feel like I can drive anything and I feel like I can take the car to places that nobody else can,” he said.Fangio. Schumacher. And now @LewisHamilton…Welcome to the club, Lewis! #HiFivepic.twitter.com/6kjhUz4A6iMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 28, 2018″But to do that you have to get the car in the right place, and ultimately you’ve got to work with the team to help unleash what’s great within them and unleash the greatness in yourself.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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