LEWIS Hamilton has officially been crowned Formula 1’s world champion for 2018 as he picked up the Drivers’ Championship trophy for the fifth time at the FIA’s awards gala.
Hamilton was in St Petersburg, Russia, for motorsport’s annual end-of-season ceremony as he and Mercedes received their prizes for another clean sweep of world championships.
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen collected trophies for finishing second and third respectively in the title race.
Hamilton’s fifth championship has drawn him level with the great Juan Manuel Fango on F1’s all-time table, with only seven-time winner Michael Schumacher now ahead of the Englishman.
“I wouldn’t be up here without this incredible team, so I am really chinking the chain,” said Hamilton.
“There’s so many people and I am sure for everyone who has a team here, there’s so many people in the background that are really the unsung heroes.
“It’s been a real privilege to be with Mercedes Benz for the last six years, we’ve just got to keep on pushing and trying to raise the bar.”