BRITAIN’S Lewis Hamilton won a third Formula One world title after cruising to victory at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
The title was assured when closest rival Sebastian Vettel could only finish third in his Ferrari behind Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
“This is the greatest moment of my life,” said Hamilton over the car radio.
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“Thank you so much for everything you guys do. To my family I love you all.”
The 30-year-old Briton, who started from second on the grid, came home 2.850 seconds clear of Rosberg to deliver his 10th victory of a dominant season.
Hamilton’s victory gave him unbeatable total of 327 points.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo was 10th for Red Bull, having passed two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren on the final lap.
Hamilton’s success enabled him to equal the record of Jackie Stewart as the only Britons to win three drivers’ world titles and the first to win two championships in succession.
“What a race with all the ups and downs,” said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff.
“It was a fantastic race. We had a problem at the beginning, at the end it was tight, but I’m just overwhelmed.
“Lewis was almost faultless this year and the car didn’t let him down. It is just an amazing feeling.”