World champion Lewis Hamilton thanks fans after winning fourth F1 title

PUBLISHED: 22:24 29 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:49 30 October 2017

British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates wining his fourth Formula One championship after the Mexican Formula One Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez race track in Mexico City. [Picture: AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo]

British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates wining his fourth Formula One championship after the Mexican Formula One Grand Prix at the Hermanos Rodriguez race track in Mexico City. [Picture: AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo]

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Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to his fans after picking up the coveted crown in Mexico on Sunday evening.

Hamilton, speaking to Sky Sports F1 reporter Rachel Brookes, recalled his early days in Hertfordshire and hailed the supporters from our area and elsewhere who always stuck by him.

After finishing ninth in the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix to take the title, Mercedes driver Hamilton said: “I’m really happy. I’m proud of the flag [Union Jack] and everyone that represents it.

“The other day I was reminiscing about growing up in Stevenage and watching TV and one day dreaming of being in Formula One and here we are 25 years later as a four-time world champion – so a big thank you to all my fans.

“Thank you so much for all your continuing support, your messages – you guys inspire me just as much as you sometimes say I inspire you.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fourth F1 world title in Mexico [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fourth F1 world title in Mexico [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd]

“Keep pushing – whatever you’re doing in your life, don’t ever give up.

“I hope I stand as testament to that because there’s been so many things thrown at me in my life and I keep going – and I do that with the support of you guys.”

After having to pit for new tyres after a first-lap puncture, Hamilton found himself running at the back of the field.

He told Sky Sports: “It was a horrible way to do it! I don’t think I was too aggressive. I kept going. What can I say?

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fourth F1 world title in Mexico [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fourth F1 world title in Mexico [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd]

“I just want to say a big thank you to all the guys at Mercedes. Thank you.

“I try to not leave any stone unturned. Being 40 seconds behind is horrible.

“It’s like being in no-man’s land.

“I had no idea what was going to happen with the championship.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fourth F1 world title in Mexico with Mercedes colleague Valtteri Bottas [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fourth F1 world title in Mexico with Mercedes colleague Valtteri Bottas [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd]

“I was just thinking about getting further up and being involved in the race.”

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title with a few spins at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title with a few spins at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 world title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

The start of the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] The start of the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

The start of the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG] The start of the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG]

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