Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was officially crowned as 2018 Formula’s 1 champion on Friday at the annual ceremony of the motorsports company. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes received their prizes at the FIA’s award ceremony at St. Petersburg, Russia.
This was Lewis Hamilton’s fifth championship. He has now equaled the record of Juan Manuel Fangio of five championship.Lewis Hamilton is now only behind the all time Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher who has seven championship titles in his bag.
Lewis Hamilton said that it would not have been possible for him to win the championship without his incredible team who work in the background to make sure that he has a podium finish. This was Hamilton’s 12th season and he is with Mercedes team for the last six years. Mercedes has another two year contract with Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking at a post-season event with Mercedes sponsor Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lewis Hamilton said: “How do I remain relevant? How do I remain fitter than all these guys? How do I remain mentally more focused and more diligent than all these other guys? That’s my super focus to stay ahead of them. They might be young, but I’ve got the experience and fortunately that helps.”
“But it’s really how you dissect your year. So this next month I’m going to sit down and figure out where I can be better. I asked for my team to send me an email, from several different departments, and asked them to be blunt – they don’t even need to tell me who the email’s from – and just ‘tell me the things you feel I can improve on, if there’s been a certain experience this year you’ve felt that could be better, or something I said that’s swayed the energy within the team’. Whatever it may be because I’m looking to be the all-time great and that means winning in all areas.”
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen collected trophies for finishing second and third in the championship.