The Mercedes driver edged out his team mate Nico Rosberg in the final ten laps of the wet race, forcing him to make a mistake after a safety car lap. The 10th win by the Briton all but ensures his points place at the top even before the final race in Abu Dhabi a month away.
The race was marred with misfortunes, first with qualifying and race day being rolled into a single day due to torrential downpour caused by Hurricane Partricia. When racing resumed, there were multiple lead changes with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel his only rival to championship playing catchup in third place – he only needed to be in second to prevent Hamilton from taking out the 2015 title.
As of today, Hamilton becomes the second British driver after Sir Jackie Stewart to be crowned with three Formula One drivers’ titles. The drama continued post-race in the media room when an elated Hamilton seemingly tossed a second place cap at a notably dejected Rosberg. Rosberg without a flinch hurled the hat back at Hamilton.
On the podium, Hamilton was interviewed by singer Elton John and expressed his elation.
“Amazing. I can’t find the right words to tell you how amazing this feels,” he said. “I love you guys and everything you do for me. For all my family, I love you all.”
Meanwhile, Rosberg was not a happy man after the race. Speaking of an aggressive move by Hamilton earlier, the German told press that “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.”