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GP Week : Issue 215
Before sunday, only three British drivers had won multiple World Drivers Championships. Lewis Hamilton has made it four. Hamilton, 29, wrote his name alongside those of Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie stewart to win more than one title, doing it 43 years after stewart won his second crown in 1971. He has become the 16th driver overall to become a multiple champion. “It has been an incredible year,” said an emotional Hamilton after his 11th win of the season. “Coming to this team when so many people said it was a wrong choice ...” He was greeted at the flag by team manager Paddy Lowe, who than passed him over to HRH Prince Harry, who was present to witness the event. “Lewis, thank you very much for not making the British public sweat,” said the man four th in line to the British throne. “You are an absolute legend. Well done mate.” To which Hamilton replied, “It feels great but it feels like an out-of-body experience, as though I am watching on and it isn’t really happening. I am so blessed.” Hamilton won the race, and the title, in the first 50 metres after the lights went out. In a second he was past Nico Rosberg, who again out-paced him in Qualifying, and into a lead he would not surrender. By mid-race, the pendulum had swung fur ther Hamilton’s way when Rosberg, having sat 3s or so behind his teammate, began to experience energy recovery system failure. By the end of the 55-lap race he was lapped and finished out of the points in the struggling W05 Hybrid. “Nico put on an incredible fight throughout the year,” said a complimentary teammate after the race. “He was a phenomenal competitor. We met each other back in 1997 and we always said it would be amazing to be racing in the same team. It was sad his car wasn’t quick enough so we could fight at the end but he was still graceful enough to come up to me just now.” F1 >>> nEWs and lewis makes four LeFT TO RIGHT Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart – Britain's three multi-champions to date. 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: