Red Bull's Horner heaps praise on euphoric Ricciardo

Britain's Lewis Hamilton celebrated his fifth Formula One world championship on Sunday (Oct 28) after a Mexican Grand Prix won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen for the second year in a row.

Hamilton, 33, has now tied Juan Manuel Fangio for second place on the all-time list with five championships, behind only seven-time title victor Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton won titles with McLaren in 2008 and with Mercedes in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Hamilton has two years on left on Mercedes contract and suggested after the race that he still has the same determination to succeed on the track, which he has had all of his life.

"It's a very odd feeling right now", Hamilton said as he got out of his auto and celebrated. I've been with Mercedes since I was 13 and to complete this, when Fangio did it, it's an incredible feeling, very surreal. "I was just trying to bring the vehicle home".

"It really depends what position I'm in", he said.

But Verstappen certainly controlled his emotions on Sunday, fighting off Lewis Hamilton at the start before displaying vast maturity and race guile to take the chequered flag, 17 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel. "I didn't feel good at all".

"I think he drove superb all year and was the better one of us two, I told him well deserved". We need to stand there, accept that and send congratulations.

Lewis Hamilton will start in third position in the Mexican Grand Prix.

"I have to go back and work with the engineers, debrief, get my mind right, start training again next week and get in gear so we can try to win [the next race] in Brazil". You put a lot of work in but I take your point that we could have saw it coming.

"It depends on the start", he said. "From that moment on we wanted to make sure that mine couldn't retire, even if that meant to turn down the power on the engine, just to be on the safe side".

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, with Mercedes replacing his car's engine between final practice and qualifying, and ahead of fellow-Finn Kimi Raikkonen in sixth place for Ferrari.

In last year's Mexican Grand Prix Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen made contact through the opening corners, with only eventual victor Verstappen emerging unscathed.

German Nico Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Carlos Sainz and the two Saubers of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.

Stoffel Vandoorne produced an unexpected boost at the end of a hard season by rising to eighth in his McLaren, ending a run of 14 races without points that stretches back to Azerbaijan in April.

  • Steve Townsend