Lewis Hamilton secured the 2018 FIA Formula One™ World Drivers’ Championship with a fourth-place finish in Mexico– the same Grand Prix that saw him lock up the title in 2017.
It is the second straight drivers’ crown for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver and his fifth overall after winning the title in 2008, 2014 and 2015. Hamilton is the third driver in the sport’s history to become a five-time world champion, joining Michael Schumacher (seven titles) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five).
“It’s a very strange feeling right now,” Hamilton said. “I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13, to complete this, when Fangio has done it with Mercedes, is an incredible feeling. It’s a bit surreal at the moment.”
Hamilton entered the Mexican Grand Prix needing to finish seventh or better to end the championship pursuit between he and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton stormed to the lead in the championship chase after winning six of seven races beginning with July’s German Grand Prix, a run that saw him then take the checkered flag in Hungary, Italy, Singapore, Russia and Japan. Only a second-place finish in Belgium broke up his winning streak, with the 33-year-old finishing on the podium in nine straight races dating back to the British Grand Prix — the second-longest streak of his career behind a 16-race run in 2014-15.
Hamilton has tallied nine victories on the season to go along with 15 podiums.
Axalta has supplied high-impact paint to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Silver Arrows since 2013, helping the car stand out on tracks around the world with bright colors that endure the toughest conditions, while offering low weight and superior resistance.