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Lewis Hamilton finished ninth today at the Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City after his tire was punctured by Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Vettel tried his best to come from behind after the crash, but it wasn’t enough, ultimately handing Lewis Hamilton his fourth World Drivers’ Championship.

The German Ferrari driver could have remained in contention for the championship had he managed first or second in the race, but by the time the checkered flag waved, Vettel was fourth, and Lewis Hamilton was champion.


This win puts Hamilton ahead of the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart in championship wins, and—at least according to the BBC—cements the 32 year-old as “unquestionably the most successful British Formula 1 driver in history.”

Twenty-year-old Red Bull driver Max Verstappen actually won the race, but all eyes were on Hamilton, who now sits among greats like Vettel and Alain Prost, just behind Juan Manuel Fangio, but still a ways behind Michael Schumacher.

Between this win and the Constructor Championship award, it’s clearly been a damn good year for Mercedes.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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