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Lewis Hamilton officially crowned F1 2018 world champion

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-12-11 02:00:40

Lewis Hamilton has officially been crowned Formula 1's world champion for 2018 as he picked up the Drivers' Championship trophy for the fifth time at the FIA's awards gala.

Hamilton was in St Petersburg, Russia for motorsport's annual end-of-season ceremony as he and Mercedes received their prizes for another clean sweep of world championships.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen collected trophies for finishing second and third respectively in the title race.

Hamilton's fifth championship has drawn him level with the great Juan Manuel Fangio on F1's all-time table, with only seven-time Michael Schumacher now ahead of the Englishman.

"I wouldn't be up here without this incredible team, so I am really chinking the chain," said Hamilton.

"There's so many people and I am sure for everyone who has a team here, there's so many people in the background that are really the unsung heroes.

"And it's kind of weird to come up here and to receive this great awards, but it couldn't be done without this great team, so it's been a real privilege to be with Mercedes Benz for the last six years, it's crazy to think that this is my 12th season, but luckily Kimi is staying for another year so I am not going to be the oldest driver. But otherwise we just got to keep pushing, keep trying to raise the bar."

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