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Lewis Hamilton clinches sixth F1 world title with second place in US Grand Prix

運営事務局 JIMOPLE 8 November 4, 2019
Hamilton looks to make it six titles in Austin

(CNN)Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth world title with second place behind Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the US Grand Prix Sunday to become the second most successful driver in Formula One history.

Hamiton was overtaken by Bottas in the closing stages of the 56-lap race at the Circuit of Americas in Texas with Red Bull's Max Verstappen taking the final spot on the podium.

Hamilton's 10th victory of the season in Mexico last weekend had left him needing just four points to achieve an unassailable lead in the standings and he duly delivered.

"What an incredible weekend, I can't believe it, I really can't believe it," said Hamilton over race radio at the finish of a punishing race.

Only Michael Schumacher with seven world titles stands ahead of Hamilton, who has moved ahead of the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in the all-time list.

Finland's Bottas, who started from pole, with Hamilton only fifth on the grid, was winning for the fourth time this season, hitting the front for the final time with four laps to go to complete a fine win.

Mercedes gambled on a one-stop pit strategy for Hamilton, but with fading tires he was unable to hold off the charging Bottas and was hanging on for second spot from Verstappen at the finish.

But it mattered little as he clinched his third straight championship with two races of the season left and to move within touching distance of Schumacher.

"It is overwhelming if I am honest," said Hamilton. "I feel so much emotion. "I was pushing as hard as I could today and I was hopeful I could win but I didn't have enough left in the tires."

Hamilton was adding the 2019 title to previous triumphs in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 and at 34 years of age shows little sign of letting up.

"I don't know about how many championships I can win, but as an athlete I feel as fresh as I could be. We will keep pushing," he said.