Lewis Hamilton takes fourth world championship despite 'horrible' race in Mexico
The Mercedes ace suffered a first lap puncture but still took the title
Lewis Hamilton wrote his name into the list of true Formula 1 greats today when he sealed his fourth world championship title - but he did it with one of his worst races ever.
The Mercedes star started third on the grid but suffered a first lap puncture when he tangled with title rival Sebastian Vettel as Max Verstappen took the lead of the race.
It dropped Hamilton down to plumb last once he'd pitted for new tyres, and Vettel was also left right down the order after he stopped for a new nose.
Ferrari man Vettel managed to fight his way back up to fourth, but not the second place he needed to keep the title fight alive going into the next race in Brazil.
Hamilton meanwhile seemed strangely off-colour and may have been struggling with car problems caused by his first lap contact with Vettel.
He found it difficult to make progress though the field and eventually could do no better than ninth, but with Vettel in fourth, it was enough for Hamilton to join Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Vettel as having won at least four world championship titles.
Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle summed it up when he said: "I think it's been one of his least impressive races I've ever seen, but he has been magnificent this season."
After the race Sky F1'a Rachael Brookes said: “What a strange, crazy way to win your fourth title."
“It was a horrible way to do it, to be honest," he replied.
He added: "I did everything that I could. I had a good start. I don't really know what happened at Turn Three - I gave him [Vettel] plenty of room.
"I tried as hard as I could to come back. A big thank you to my family and my team. Mercedes have been incredible for the past five years and I'm so proud to be a part of it.
"It doesn't feel real. That's not the kind of race that you want but I never gave up. I kept going right to the end."
Verstappen took the victory and was followed home by Valtteri Bottas in second and Kimi Raikkonen in third.