Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lewis Hamilton has 'no idea' why Mercedes F1 team is now struggling

Lewis Hamilton has 'no idea' why Mercedes F1 team is now struggling

Lewis Hamilton has been crowned Formula One world champion for a fifth time, despite stuttering over the line in fourth at an incident-packed Mexican Grand Prix.

A fifth title for Hamilton places him equal with Juan-Manuel Fangio on the all-time world champion honours list.

Rosberg eventually won the championship by five points before stepping away from the sport to the surprise of many, leaving Hamilton as clear favourite to regain the title in 2017. By matching Fangio, Hamilton is now the joint second most successful driver of all time, with only Michael Schumacher two titles ahead.

"Obviously he [Hamilton] is driving the best auto out there because Mercedes has won the last four or five championships in a row, with [Nico] Rosberg as well. I need him to be at his best to fight him again". "I feel like I still drive with that fire that I had when I was 8-years-old", Hamilton said.

"But it doesn't even register at the moment, being number five".

With the championship on his mind, and the opening three corners the biggest threat to his historic quest, a cautious Hamilton took no risks, decelerating faster than Verstappen, and who could blame him?

The beginning of the hybrid era marked the start of a golden age for Mercedes, and for Hamilton, and he won 11 of 19 races in 2014 to win the championship by 67 points. Most importantly of all, he retook the lead of the championship from Vettel - an advantage Hamilton would retain for the rest of the season.

"It's a fantastic title and I'm so happy for Lewis and the team", Wolff told Sky Sports. I think that his ability of combining talent with hard work, intellect and emotional intelligence.

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But in the end, as it has been for most of the season, Verstappen's vehicle avoided a meltdown and saw him through to his fifth Formula 1 victory.

"I have no explanation and we will be asking for explanation because these swings are just hard".

In last year's Mexican Grand Prix Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen made contact through the opening corners, with only eventual victor Verstappen emerging unscathed. Lewis has been the differentiator this season-our vehicle was the fastest at times, but not always; sometimes, like today, it was only the third-fastest.

"I hope we can be a lot closer next year, I think Lewis was the more consistent one fighting for the title and he deserves it".

"When I'm on the podium I look back and see the Union Jack and I'm very proud to raise that flag".

The Briton was somewhat reserved in his post-race celebrations, but said this was because he couldn't wrap his head around becoming a five-time world champion.

"This is an absolutely disgusting moment - you put a lot of work in".

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