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Lewis Hamilton admits ‘it doesn’t feel real’ after sealing fourth world title

• Mercedes driver moves ahead of Sir Jackie Stewart in all-time list
• Hamilton recovers from nightmare start to finish ninth at Mexican Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won his fourth Formula One world championship at the Mexican Grand Prix to become the most successful British racing driver. He now has one more title than Sir Jackie Stewart and achieved the remarkable feat after a tense and dramatic race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in which his lowest finish of the season – ninth place – was enough to seal the title.

Hamilton clashed with his championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, on lap one, with the damage and consequent pit stops demoting both drivers to the back of the grid. They both came back out and, with Hamilton’s 66-point advantage in the title race, Vettel’s fourth was not sufficient to take the fight into the last two rounds.

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