Victory in United States Grand Prix secures Mercedes driver the world championship; tenth driver to win three or more titles
Jim Holder
25 October 2015

Lewis Hamilton has secured a third Formula 1 world championship title with victory in the United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who also scooped the world championship in 2008 and 2014, won the title in dramatic fashion after an incident-packed US Grand Prix. After leading early on, Hamilton fell to fourth, and despite fighting back through the field after several safety car periods, he looked destined to finish behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

However, his German team-mate ran off the track and lost time late in the race, handing Hamilton the race win and a big enough points buffer to be guaranteed the world title despite there still being two races to run of the 2015 F1 season.

Sebastian Vettel, racing for Ferrari, was the only other driver who could beat Hamilton to the world title but, despite challenging for the race win, he could only finish third, which was not enough to deny Hamilton.

"This is the greatest moment of my life," said a clearly emotional Hamilton after the race. "I can't really find the right words at this second to tell you how it feels. I’m sitting here just thinking about my first British [karting] championship where my dad and I drove home singing ‘We are the Champions’. At the time, of Great Britain.

“It’s just crazy to think now I’m a three-time Formula One world champion. I owe it all to my dad, to my family, who supported me all these years and sacrificed so much for me to be here. And the positive energy I get from my fans who travel around the world to see me.

“I really do realise that while I get to enjoy Formula 1 cars this is really a platform for me to inspire young people and I hope that if there is any inspiring from today it’s just that never give up on your dreams and on your hopes and on your desires. Just keep working at it.”

Hamilton admitted he feared that he had lost the US Grand Prix amid the safety car chaos, saying: “I’d fallen back, Nico [Rosberg] pitted under the safety car, and he was really quick at one stage. But I never for one second believed that I couldn’t do it. We pushed, Nico drove a fantastic race, really he has done – since I’ve been with this team he’s been driving fantastically well so respect for him as my team-mate.

“As I said, [it's] just a very humbling experience, especially to equal Ayrton Senna, who meant so much to me and still does today. So I feel very blessed today.”

Senna also notched up three world titles. It was also Hamilton's 43rd race victory - two ahead of Senna and third in the all-time winners' list  behind Alain Prost (51) and Michael Schumacher (91).

Hamilton is the tenth driver in the history of Formula 1 to win three or more titles, the others being Michael Schumacher (seven), Juan Manuel Fangio (five), Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel (four), Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart (three).  

 

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26 October 2015
His move on Rosberg at the start was very very uncool. There was no way that was "hard but fair". For all the sweet words afterwards that was, not for the first time either, sheer bloody-minded aggression and should have been punished. He should remember his almighty whinge after Spa last year - If you don't want people doing it to you, then don't do it to others...

The media over here will lap it up of course. I can't help thinking that if he had been Spanish or German, then a lot more would have been made of his move at the start...

26 October 2015
Sorry, but I have to disagree about Hamilton's move on Rosberg at the start. Sure, it was aggressive, but they were side by side and Hamilton had the better line. If they were driving for different teams, then nobody would have complained, or if they had, it would never have been upheld. As Mercedes had already won the constructors title, the drivers were completely free to race. Rosberg is no angel when it comes to aggressive moves on his team mate. Remember Spa last year, when he took off Hamilton's front wing on lap 2, effectively ending his race? Rosberg dismissed it as a "racing incident" but Toto Wolff described it as "totally unacceptable". At least both both were on-track incidents. What about Monaco 2014, when Rosberg's suspicious "off" in Q3 spoilt Hamilton's faster final lap. The bottom line is that Rosberg lost the race with his unforced error in the closing laps and, in a straight fight, Hamilton is the better racing driver.

26 October 2015
Daniel Joseph wrote:

Sorry, but I have to disagree about Hamilton's move on Rosberg at the start. Sure, it was aggressive, but they were side by side and Hamilton had the better line.

The commentators called it. Initially they thought it was a case of "understeering" as Hamilton has stated, but Brundle when he looked at the onboard, stated the Hamilton hadn't tried to avoid the contact. It is quite clear when you look at his steering movements - he deliberately ran Rosberg off the circuit.

27 October 2015
If Hamilton described the move as due to "understeer", then that is disingenuous on his part. It remains the case that he had the better line and stuck to it. Rosberg had another poor start and Hamilton took advantage. Do you really believe that, if the positions had been reversed, Rosberg would have yielded? The stewards clearly had no problem with Hamilton's move. The US Grand Prix was a great race precisely because a number of drivers drove brilliantly and aggressively. Because of the wet start and safety cars, there was none of that fuel saving nonsense that has turned a number of races this year into tedious processions. F1 drivers should always be driving at the limit of their abilities, otherwise it's all down to the cars.

26 October 2015
Congratulations to Hamilton on achieving this record, but dear God in heaven could F1 have become more boring and dull? I used to complain during the years that Schumacher was at Ferrari but in comparison those years were so exciting and filled with drama in comparison to the current soulless, boring processions led by Mercedes.

This year for the first time in more than 20 years I have not watched more than half a race before going off to find a wall with wet paint so I can enjoy something more exciting and dynamic than F1 is at the moment.

26 October 2015
Congratulations to Hamilton on achieving this record, but dear God in heaven could F1 have become more boring and dull? I used to complain during the years that Schumacher was at Ferrari but in comparison those years were so exciting and filled with drama in comparison to the current soulless, boring processions led by Mercedes.

This year for the first time in more than 20 years I have not watched more than half a race before going off to find a wall with wet paint so I can enjoy something more exciting and dynamic than F1 is at the moment.

26 October 2015
Congratulations to Hamilton on achieving this record, but dear God in heaven could F1 have become more boring and dull? I used to complain during the years that Schumacher was at Ferrari but in comparison those years were so exciting and filled with drama in comparison to the current soulless, boring processions led by Mercedes.

This year for the first time in more than 20 years I have not watched more than half a race before going off to find a wall with wet paint so I can enjoy something more exciting and dynamic than F1 is at the moment.

26 October 2015
underdog wrote:

This year for the first time in more than 20 years I have not watched more than half a race...

Well you clearly didn't watch last night's, that's for sure. Maybe go find a highlights show, and THEN tell me you found the racing boring.

26 October 2015
Actually, you're both right: given Mercedes' dominance, there have been some really tedious processions this year, but yesterday's race was an absolute corker. Verstappen and Sainz were both on brilliant form and fantastic to watch. More like this, please!

26 October 2015
Oh and Jim, there are three races left, not two.

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