35Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling United States Grand Prix to seal his third World Championship, reports BBC.
Hamilton pressured team-mate Nico Rosberg into a mistake during a frantic last 10 laps after a safety car and swept by to take his 10th win of 2015.
It was an exciting climax to a race of fluctuating fortunes, lead changes and superb racing in changing conditions.
Hamilton becomes only the second British driver after Sir Jackie Stewart to win three Formula 1 drivers’ titles.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel could have kept the race open until Mexico next weekend had he finished second, but could manage only third place behind Rosberg.
“Amazing,” Hamilton told singer Elton John during the podium interviews. “I can’t find the right words to tell you how amazing this feels.
“I love you guys and everything you do for me. For all my family, I love you all.”
Hamilton’s team-mate Rosberg congratulated the Briton as they prepared for the podium interviews, but then appeared furious when Hamilton tossed a ‘second place’ cap towards the German, who then launched it back toward the champion.
Rosberg said: “It has never happened to me ever something like that [the error], I can’t explain it. I just need to look into it afterwards. It was really tough at the time to lose the lead like that and the win.
“Turn One for sure was very aggressive [by Hamilton]. I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment until I have seen it. Extremely aggressive and we hit each other. Or I should say Lewis came into me, so that’s not good. I can’t say more than that.”