British driver wins US grand prix
Hamilton joins the greats with third F1 victory
Lewis Hamilton secured his place among Formula One’s elite today after clinching his third world championship.
The Hertfordshire-born driver completed a season in which he has dominated with victory in the US Grand Prix.
He beat close rivals Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel to the chequered flag and celebrated on the podium with Sir Elton John who is performing in the US.
“This is the greatest moment of my life,” he said from his car. “Thank you so much for everything you guys do. I’m just so grateful. To my family, I love you all.”
Hamilton won his first title in 2008 with McLaren at just 23-year-old in a dramatic last-lap surge in Brazil and his second in a duel with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi last year.
He raced for the first time in F1 just a year before winning his first title. McLaren handed him a car alongside twice world champion Fernando Alonso.
He now shares the same number of titles as his hero Ayrton Senna, Sir Jackie Stewart and the Niki Lauda.
His rise to F1 fame has been accompanied by an equally glamorous personal life which included a private jet and an “on-off” relationship with American pop singer Nicole Scherzinger.