Just a week after they had secured the 2017 Constructors Championship, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took home the drivers title for the fourth time in his career. Hamilton had nearly secured the victory at the United States Grand Prix, but it was on Sunday, at the Mexican Grand Prix, when he officially made it impossible for Sebastian Vettel to obtain more points this season.
Before today, he was tied with Jackie Stewart for drivers titles, but the triumph for Hamilton makes him the best British driver in Formula 1. This also means that Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton are tied for World Championships. With four each, they also share the spot with former driver Alain Prost, but still trail both Juan Manuel Fangio with five titles, and Michael Schumacher with seven. Surely both drivers will continue their rivalry to be the best in the sport, but it seems very likely one of these two drivers could overthrow Schumacher within a few years.
Despite the title, Hamilton had a pretty rough time in Mexico City. Shortly after the race started, Vettel hit Hamilton’s rear tire which sent both of them to the pit lane early. Vettel spent the entirety of the race climbing back up the pack, but came just shy of the podium with a fourth place finish. Hamilton seemed like he wasn’t going to make it out of 19th place, after being lapped by race winner Max Verstappen, but ended up in ninth place to close out his day.
Valtteri Bottas also had a magnificent day cruising into second place and holding on for the majority of the race. Mercedes seem to have a stranglehold on the sport of Formula 1 and they will continue to dominate going into future seasons with two of the best drivers in the sport.
While both the Constructor and Driver titles have been decided, Formula 1 still has two Grand Prix left to be raced. Fans will see if Mercedes continues to push against the pack on November 12th in Brazil, or if they will end the season comfortably.