Lewis Hamilton wins second Formula One title to give himself chance at seventh

Lewis Hamilton’s pursuit of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world titles came to an end in his native country of Great Britain Saturday night.

But while history was lost for the current Formula One world champion, the record book is forever changed with his tremendous effort in securing his seventh F1 title.

On a hot and breezy afternoon in Leeds, Hamilton put a brutal performance down on the track and, after a thrilling race that saw a number of drivers tie their bids to regain the world championship, he walked away as the champion.

Nico Rosberg, the man who held the title on Hamilton’s shoulders for the majority of the year’s championship, was denied his bid to win three championships by the Mercedes star, as Hamilton completed a remarkable comeback from almost total failure to title number six in Brazil last year.

Hamilton had completed qualifying, which saw him increase his points total past the 50 mark for the first time this season, just as he increased his lead over Rosberg to 25 points.

But as all the rubber was banded to the track and Rosberg began to prepare for the race, which saw him rise from fourth to second on the grid, the championship picture changed.

And even after having Red Bull’s Max Verstappen forced out, suffering an apparent suspension failure, and recovering from Mark Webber’s shocking lunge at Bottas to gain just enough of a position, the championship was Hamilton’s to lose.

With just seven laps to go, the home crowd had been shown how it was done by fighting the elements as the rain came down and the barriers were torn down, but there was still time for the title to be won.

Even after a single lap, and with Hamilton chasing his title and leading at the end of it, he would have found the going tough as the track transformed in the rear straight and the safety car was called.

Alas, those attempting to regain the title would not be able to quite do it.

A few laps later, Sebastian Vettel was lucky to escape with only a puncture and few more laps of flawless running with Verstappen, many bookmakers’ and radio commentary scribblers’ favorite to win it all, out of the race due to his engine problems.

The race for second, third and fourth however, was wide open as Hamilton, Verstappen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who continues to impress in the new era of the F1, all looked set to be in the mix for a title-winning finish.

As the inevitable racing began, it was Verstappen who caught the Mercedes in some parts of the track and with two drivers in touch, the race got more tightly-packed as Red Bull were now battling both Mercedes for second and Rosberg looked his best chance of gaining ground.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo had to overcome a three-second penalty to win the Australian Grand Prix, while the title race was raging on.

And with eight laps to go it all came to a head as Ricciardo again found himself in fifth on the track, but his teammate Verstappen was just two seconds behind, with both teams seeking to build a longer time on the track.

With some of the teams’ tyres having worn out and those running in first place – Red Bull, to their credit – opting for more fuel, the leaders had essentially started a race on these lights on new tyres, making it difficult for both Verstappen and Hamilton to close that gap.

And when Rosberg conceded the lead, Hamilton once again attacked and made it all about the championship.

With only four of the remaining 27 laps being run, Hamilton’s chances looked bleak as the leaders battled to keep the championship alive, but once Hamilton moved back ahead of Verstappen, the pressure and expectation shifted massively in his favor and he went on to become the first Brit to achieve F1’s most illustrious title.

In his second decade of being in the sport, Lewis Hamilton became a two-time world champion.

Looking back at his incredible achievements, Hamilton’s victory marks a monumental week in a career that has been an unforgettable one.

Beginning with that memorable victory over Schumacher in Australia, which earned Hamilton his second F1 title, to the unofficial championship celebration wins in Germany, Brazil and Abu Dhabi, one thing is certain – Hamilton has fully earned his considerable stature in the sport.

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