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Summary

  1. Hamilton takes fourth world title - making him most successful British driver of all time
  2. He joins Vettel and Alain Prost on four championships
  3. Briton finishes ninth after colliding with Vettel on opening lap
  4. Verstappen wins race, Vettel battles back to 4th
  5. Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Hartley, Ericsson, Sainz out

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By Michael Emons

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And we are going to end our live text there on what was a thrilling and incredible race in Mexico as Max Verstappen won, but Lewis Hamilton became the world champion.

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Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

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He has the natural ability of Ayrton Senna and is now the most successful British driver, but how long before Lewis Hamilton's beats Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles?

We look at what the future could hold for Hamilton, which you can read here in our in-depth feature.

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Hamilton 'so excited for what our future brings'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Lewis Hamilton has just posted a message on Instagram.

He says: "As a kid, I always dreamt of being in Formula 1. I never lost sight of that dream, even when people said it would be impossible.

"I stand here now with four World Championships and I am proof that if you follow your dreams with everything you have, they can come true. I am so grateful to all 1,500 people in my team who all have a dream of making the best F1 car and tirelessly make that dream a reality.

"My fans, #TeamLH, I would not be here without you. You've carried me through adversity and shared my joy in moments such as these. Truly, thank you. We are all rising together and I am so excited for what our future brings together. "

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The most world championships

And these are the men who have won the world title the most times.

Lewis Hamilton is now tied third in the all-time list.

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Hamilton wins fourth world title

Andrew Benson

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Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth world title at the Mexican Grand Prix despite finishing only ninth after a clash with rival Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton's fourth world title makes him unquestionably the most successful British Formula 1 driver in history, moving him one championship clear of Sir Jackie Stewart.

He joins Vettel and Frenchman Alain Prost on four world titles, behind only Michael Schumacher, the all-time record holder on seven, and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio's five.

Hamilton put his hands to his helmet as he crossed the line, slowing the car down to a crawl as he sought to take in his achievement on the slowing down lap.

Vettel pulled alongside him and applauded as the crowd rose to their feet to recognise a historic landmark for the sport.

The Mercedes driver suffered a puncture when he was hit by the German's Ferrari on the first lap, the incident also breaking Vettel's front wing.

Vettel made better progress back through the field than Hamilton, climbing up to fourth place, but he needed to finish second to keep the championship alive.

The race was won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who dominated from the front after taking the lead at the first corner, a move that led to the collision between Hamilton and Vettel.

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Sam Godfrey: Very well deserved for Lewis but must say Seb had been very classy in defeat. He's learned a lot this year.

Nikky ab: Well done Lewis...today's race was filled with fun courtesy of some aggressive overtakes....Love F1. Well done champ

How they stand in the drivers' championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 333 pts
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 277 pts
  3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 262 pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 192 pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 178 pts
  6. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 148 pts
  7. Sergio Perez (Force India) 92 pts
  8. Esteban Ocon (Force India) 83 pts
  9. Carlos Sainz (Renault) 54 pts
  10. Lance Stroll (Williams) 40 pts

We have two races of the season left, the Brazilian Grand Prix (10-12 November) and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (24-26 November).

Birthday boy Stroll happy with sixth

"P6 on my birthday is a great present," says 19-year-old Lance Stroll.

"It is one of those days we have to embrace and enjoy. It is what we can ask for with this car and there is a lot of positivity going forward.

"We're going to celebrate my birthday and this result tonight."

'Hamilton is a great ambassador for the sport'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Force India's Sergio Perez, who took seventh in his home race, paid tribute to Lewis Hamilton.

He told Sky Sports: "Lewis is a legend, a great ambassador for the sport. He is the best driver and I'm happy for him because he deserves all the success."

It is Lewis' day - Vettel

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Sebastian Vettel has just given an interview to Sky Sports, an interview that was interrupted by a warm embrace between him and Lewis Hamilton.

"It is disappointing but not that important," Vettel said on conceding the title today.

"Lewis has done a superb job all year and deserves to win the title. Congratulations to him. It is his day."

Asked if Hamilton is now on a par with him as a driver after equaling his tally for four titles, Vettel said: "If you can count then yes. I don't fear him. I like racing with him. I would have liked little more this year. Overall they were better."

And asked if he has any regrets about the season, the German said: "What does it matter now?"

'I am hurting inside'

It was a great day for Max Verstappen, but not his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

He was fastest in the second practice session on Friday, but was the first retirement today because of a problem with his Red Bull car.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ricciardo said: I am obviously frustrated. The first laps were good. We were up inside the top eight. I could hear the turbo started to sound funny and then had no power left.

"It is a shame. We put the new one in thinking it would be more durable but hopefully it wont affect us in Brazil. It was always going to be tough here this year but why more tough than last year I have no idea. I am hurting inside but what can I do?"

'Well deserved'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Congrats @LewisHamilton and @MercedesAMGF1 on your #F1 world titles 🏆 Well-deserved 👍

'We couldn't slow Max down'

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner speaking to Sky Sports: "Congrats to Lewis. We know how hard it is to have four world titles and the most successful British driver.

On his team's driver Max Verstappen who won the race, Horner added: "We couldn't slow him down! From the start onwards he dominated the grand prix. He controlled the temperatures really well.

"The last four races we have had the best car on the Sunday. That is testimony to all of the guys in Milton Keynes who put in the long hours.

"It is a great way to be finishing the season. I would prefer to have had two cars finishing but it is a great day for Max."

'Really awesome performance'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Last year's world champion Nico Rosberg has posted a classy congratulations message to Lewis Hamilton and his former team Mercedes.

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'I am proud of the flag and everyone who represents it'

More from Lewis Hamilton, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a horrible way to do it (win the world title) but what can I do? I said I wasn't going to take it easy at turn one.

"I placed the car in the perfect position and left a lot of space for the car behind. I kept coming back. I want to say a big thank you to everyone back at Brixworth and Brackley.

"Being 40 seconds behind is like being in no man's land. I was just thinking about catching. The feelings are so mixed right now."

Asked how many more world titles he is targeting, Hamilton said: "I just feel like take one at a time. I am really happy with this fourth title. I have to take time to think. I am proud of the flag and everyone who represents it. I will continue to raise it as high as I can."

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'I'm happy for your bro' - Neymar congratulates Hamilton

One of the most random things happened straight after Lewis Hamilton sealed his fourth world title, and that was him being played a pre-recorded message from Brazil and Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, who sent his congratulations to the Briton.

You can listen again to what happened here.

PSG striker Neymar congratulates Lewis Hamilton on his fourth world title.

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Record-breaker Hamilton one of the all-time best

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Listen along as former British world champions Jenson Button and Sir Jackie Stewart praise record-breaker Lewis Hamilton after he wins his historic fourth title in Mexico City at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton: Former British champions praise record-beater Hamilton

'Brilliant'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Congratulations to Lewis 4th World Championship.In one word,brilliant.Max wonderful win fantastic drive congratulations to Merc and Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton wins fourth world title

Listen again, via our BBC Radio 5 live commentary, to the moment Lewis Hamilton sealed his fourth world title.

Listen to the moment Lewis Hamilton sealed his fourth world title.

A happy Max

He won't get all the headlines, but it was a masterful performance from Max Verstappen, who managed to avoid the first lap drama going on around him involving Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Verstappen wins it by a margin of almost 20 seconds.

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Deji Guerrero: Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for the 4th Title; time to start preparing for the next title to catch Fangio and surpass Vettel

David Hudson: Surely Lewis Hamilton takes this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award? Well done Lewis!

James Ayres: Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton 4 time World Champion! Desperate attempts by Vettel today to stop him but he did it!

How they all finished

This is the final result from the Mexican Grand Prix.

Red Bull win a race for the third time this season, with Verstappen's second success of the year after also triumphing in Malaysia.

Valtteri Bottas' second is his best finish in four races, while Kimi Raikkonen came third for a second successive race.

Force India have a great day as Esteban Ocon takes fifth, with Sergio Perez seventh. Williams' Lance Stroll's position of sixth is his second best performance of the season, behind the third-place he obtained in Azerbaijan.

Kevin Magnussen gets a points finish in his Haas for only the second time in 10 races, while Fernando Alonso ended 10th, only the third time he has come in the top 10 in 2017.

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'Very deserved for Hamilton'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Allan McNish

Formula 1 analyst on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

The second half of the season has stood out for Lewis Hamilton. It was a tricky first half, Mercedes were not the quickest but there can only be one world champion and he is a very deserved one.

I am not sure about next season but in the next couple of season there is a very high chance there could be another title.

Hamilton has won because he has been a lot more consistent. Ferrari dropped the ball due to reliability and driver error.

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Rob Walters: Congratulations Lewis Hamilton. You'll probably never read this, but you are an amazing role model to so many.

John Wilkinson: Got to be a knighthood now for Lewis, surely?

Ashley Wilkinson: Time for everyone to truly appreciate the greatest British sportsman of his generation. Congrats Lewis Hamilton - 4x World Chanpion

Hamilton driving better than ever - Lauda

Mercedes' non-executive director Niki Lauda, a three-time world champion, is told that Lewis Hamilton has now won the world title more times than he did.

"Thank God," Lauda responds. "Lewis won it, he deserves it and it has been the best driving than he has ever done before."

Asked about the first-lap incident where Vettel hit Hamilton, Lauda added: "I don't know why Sebastian drove so aggressively to destroy his race and Lewis'. Lewis was in front and he (Vettel) hit him with his front wing, I just don't understand it.

"I'm more proud than the other three world championships we won together because this year was very competitive and today you saw the outstanding win of Max Verstappen."

'We had patience'

Third-placed Kimi Raikkonen says: "The initial start wasn't too bad but all of the guys I was next to got a massive tow and I was left alone.

"It was a disaster after that but we had some patience and we had enough speed to improve."

'Big congratulations to Lewis'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Valtteri Bottas, who finishes second in Mexico for a first podium finish in four races, says: "First of all big congratulations to Lewis and our team for winning both titles

"It is nice to be part of that. Red Bull was too quick. We tried everything we could and couldn't catch them."

'Hamilton and Mercedes stepped up'

Allan McNish

Formula 1 analyst on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

It was a challenge in the beginning part of year but Hamilton has won five of the last seven races.

The only other two victories have not been Vettel but Max Verstappen.

It was a tough one. When you have the might of Ferrari as a challenge you know you have to step up but Hamilton and Mercedes stepped up that game.

'It was a perfect race'

Race winner Max Verstappen says: "The start was very crucial, I went around the outside and from then on I was just looking after the car and the tyres.

"Big thanks to Red Bull, without them it was not possible. After last week (when a five-second penalty denied him third place), it is a perfect race, it was great."

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'It doesn't feel real'

More from Lewis Hamilton: "It doesn't feel real. It is not the kind of race I wanted, 40 seconds behind, but I never gave up. That is what is important and in my heart. I am grateful for today."

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'Mercedes have been incredible'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

World champion Lewis Hamilton says: "Viva Mexico. Wow.

"I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who came out, hopefully we gave them a good race. The Mexican fans are the best around the world and you guys create this atmosphere.

"I had a good a start, I don't know what happened on turn three I gave him (Sebastian Vettel) plenty of room. A big thank you to my family, my team, Mercedes have been incredible for these last five years."

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Jayne Morgan: Get in Lewis. Well deserved.

Josh Brigham: The Greatest British Sportsman of our Time, Lewis Hamilton wins his 4th World Championship Title, unprecedented.

Megan Walton: Lost track of how many heart attacks I had during that race.

'Super happy'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff on BBC Radio 5 live: "I hated the race but I am super happy now. He (Lewis Hamilton) has achieved it and the team has won. This is the most important.

"It was a bizarre accident (involving Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton). It wasn't looked at which is even more bizarre but it is most important that he has done it."

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'One of Britain's greatest'

Lewis Hamilton wins the world title for a fourth time

Congratulations to @LewisHamilton on becoming World Champion once again. Unquestionably one of Britain’s greatest ever sportsmen.

'Champion of the world'

Some celebratory messages for Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes to Hamilton: "Get in there. Champion of the world."

Toto Wolff: "Not the race you wanted, but who cares."

Niki Lauda: "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Four times thank you."

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'High fives'

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator in Mexico City

High fives all round at Mercedes. Toto Wolff is smiling like a Cheshire cat. It is the first time he has shown any emotion in this grand prix.

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Hamilton, a four time world champion, puts his head in his hands.