The MSA congratulates Lewis Hamilton on winning his fourth F1 world championship title and becoming the most successful British driver in the history of grand prix motor racing.
Hamilton’s ninth place finish in a dramatic Mexican Grand Prix put the championship beyond doubt with two rounds to spare, following a long battle with title rival Sebastian Vettel. The result takes the Mercedes AMG driver past Sir Jackie Stewart’s British record of three world championship titles, won in the late 1960s and early ’70s.
It has been a remarkable season for Hamilton, who broke several F1 records en route to the title, including: most pole positions (72); most wins from pole position (40); and most front row starts (117). He is second on the list of F1 drivers with the most wins on 62, behind only Michael Schumacher on 91.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Lewis had already earned his place in F1 history but this fourth world title ensures that he will go down as the most successful British grand prix driver of all time. We are privileged to have witnessed such a remarkable career, from Lewis’s early days in cadet karting to this latest record-breaking feat at the pinnacle of motor racing.
“We must also pay tribute to the hundreds of world champions working at Mercedes AMG’s facilities in Brackley and Brixworth, at the epicentre of the motorsport and high-performance engineering industry. On behalf of the entire UK motorsport community, we wish to congratulate every single one of them on this incredible run of success.”
Hamilton’s F1 title victory caps an historic weekend for UK motorsport, with MSA Academy graduates Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt also scoring their maiden FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) victory on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB – the first British crew to win on home soil since Richard Burns and Robert Reid in 2000.
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