'Very surreal!' Lewis Hamilton in dreamland after winning fifth F1 title

Arnold Nichols
October 29, 2018

Sebastian Vettel congratulated Lewis Hamilton after his drivers' championship victory and says he wants the five-time world champion at his best for another battle in 2019.

Hamilton travelled to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez knowing he had the opportunity to go level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five titles.

"I hope there's going to be a lot more [like this] next year", he stated. It hasn't kicked in right now.

"It has been an incredible year, the toughest year mentally and physically".

Immediately after the race the German went to speak to Hamilton to praise him for his achievement. It is not over for me.

"I'm quite happy though, I think we got more or less everything out of the auto". Finishing second in a race with your major rival in fourth would usually be a good day but when it means that your championship challenge is over nonetheless, it puts a far more negative spin on things. I had a great start but I really don't know what happened after that. I don't know if that's something that comes with age but I'm sure that helps.

But Alonso's second lap was centimetre flawless, vaulting him out of the bottom five and sending both Williams drivers to the bottom of the time sheet, where Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin remained in 19th and 20th. "Yes, we had our chances and we used some of them but some we did not and in the end we weren't good enough".

"We have been so unified and we have really worked to raise the bar".

His next titles came in 2014, 2015 and 2017 in an unstoppable Mercedes, but this year's triumph will be among his most satisfying having outscored Vettel despite driving a slower auto for much of the season. Hamilton is on 71 victories; Schumacher won 91. For much of this year, Ferrari had the best vehicle and Sebastian Vettel put it to good use early on. It's something I dreamed of but I never thought I'd be standing here as a five-time world champion.

"Naturally I am gonna keep racing". "I would have loved to hang in there a little bit longer".

"I was just trying to hold on and bring the auto home".

That was the pre-recorded message from Hollywood legend Will Smith that was played to Hamilton on team radio as he cruised around on his cool down lap in Mexico City.

Lewis Hamilton cemented his place in the F1 hall of fame today, winning his fifth world championship. "Deserves all the credit Mercedes is giving him and more..."

Verstappen and Ricciardo will have to decide how much to fight each other for the win.

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