Lewis Hamilton has won his third Formula One title to become the 2015 Formula One champion. The 30-year-old Englishman took the title and his tenth win of the year in a frantic final 10 laps, vying for the win with his German team mate, Nico Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton has looked to be on track to win the Formula One title all year, but this race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas didn’t look to be going his way.
The race started wet, with the track being affected by the edge of Hurricane Patricia. The starting positions had Nico Rosberg at pole and Lewis Hamilton in second behind him, but Hamilton took the lead at the first corner, forcing Rosberg into a position which allowed the two Red Bull drivers, Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, to edge the unfortunate German into fourth. The wet track forced drivers to change to treaded intermediate tires, a configuration which seemed to heavily favor the Red Bull cars. This situation caused Hamilton to come under repeated attack from Kyvat and Ricciardo for the first 19 laps, with the lead swapping between Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardio.
Hamilton was informed of winning the title while he was still on his slowdown lap. He appeared lost for words and overcome with emotion at first, but was eventually able to respond with thanks to his team, family and friends. Once his slowdown lap was complete, Hamilton drove down to the stadium section to perform some crowd-pleasing doughnuts before heading back to the pits for the awards ceremony.
“Amazing. I can’t find the right words to tell you how amazing this feels.”
Lewis Hamilton becomes only the second British driver to win three Formula One titles. The only other driver from the U.K. to do so was the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart.
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