Lewis Hamilton says 2018 F1 world title ‘is definitely my best year’

first_img F1: Lewis Hamilton wins fifth world title at Mexico Grand Prix – as it happened Formula One … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp After his fourth place ensured the title Hamilton said he was still struggling to take it in. “It is hard to realise it at the moment,” he conceded. “I dreamed of it but I never thought I would be standing here as a five-time world champion.”The 33-year-old, who equalled Juan Manuel Fangio in claiming his fifth world championship, is now in his 12th season in the sport and believed he was stronger than ever but through no little effort.“It’s definitely the best year I feel,” he said. “It was the goal when I won the championship last year. I asked how can I improve? How can I be fitter, more focused, manage my time better? How can I be a better all-round driver, not just in the car but with my team in the garage, with the engineers and in the factory.“I feel this year I have been able to lift them all up. I don’t know if that comes with age but I am sure experience helps and I feel like I have performed my best this year.” Lewis Hamilton Share on Facebook Topics newscenter_img Formula One 2018 Share on Twitter The four-times world champion Alain Prost also praised Hamilton. “He is the best, or one of the best of this generation; he is exceptional,” he said. “It was impossible to beat him this year.”The Mercedes technical director, James Allison, despite admitting the race had been difficult for the team was also generous in his praise. “It means everything to him; he is utterly focused on this,” he said. “He’s done five now and it might as well be his first.“He comes to each weekend burning up with the desire to put it in front of the others and I am sure it will be the same next season. This is how he defines himself and he is not happy until he has done it.” Lewis Hamilton wins fifth Formula One world title at Mexico Grand Prix Vettel and Ferrari made errors this season that cost them a tilt at the title and he acknowledged that they had not made the best of what at times was the best car in the field.“I have now had three times in my life that disappointment in one day where you realise you can’t win the championship any more,” he said. “Those are not happy days so you reflect not on one moment but the whole year. Yes, we had our chances and we used some of them but some we did not and in the end we weren’t good enough.” Read more Reuse this content Read more Motor sport Share on Messenger Lewis Hamilton was left still trying to take on board the magnitude of his achievement of becoming a five-time world champion after he secured the title at the Mexican Grand Prix. The British driver considered he had performed at his very best to do so in the face of stiff opposition from Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, while the German admitted they had just not been good enough. Share via Emaillast_img

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