Lewis Hamilton is second only to Schumacher
Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth world title with second place behind Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the US Grand Prix to become the second most successful driver in Formula One history.
The 34-year-old Briton fought with ferocious determination to win from fifth on the grid, but was unable to resist the Finn, who started from pole and, with a two-stop strategy, had fresher tyres in the critical final laps.
Hamiton was overtaken by Bottas in the closing stages of the 56-lap race at the Circuit of Americas in Texas with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking the final spot on the podium.
Hamilton’s 10th victory of the season in Mexico last weekend had left him needing just four points to achieve an unassailable lead in the standings and he duly delivered.
Only Michael Schumacher with seven world titles stands ahead of Hamilton, who has surpassed the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in the all-time list.
Hamilton has two more races this season in Brazil and Abu Dhabi to add to his career tally of 83 wins and to close on the all-time record of 91, held by ex-Ferrari ace Schumacher.
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Due to their aerodynamics F1 cars can technically drive upside down, at high speeds, for up to two seconds. But a Formula 1 car’s engine can only last, on average, about seven races. Passenger car engines usually last around 10 years.