Lewis Hamilton has won his third Formula One driver title after taking first place in the United States Grand Prix. Hamilton becomes the second British driver after Sir Jackie Stewart to hoist the biggest prize in motor racing. The Mercedes driver is also just the sixth F1 driver to win three driver’s titles, joining a list that includes Stewart, Niki Lauda, Jack Brabham, Nelson Piquet, and Ayrton Senna.

The road to the 2015 title came with plenty of challenges, including his own teammate, Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The latter could’ve actually kept the championship picture open had he finished second, but the Ferraris were clearly outpaced by the Mercedes cars throughout the weekend, forcing Vettel to settle for third place.

As has been the case throughout the season, the race for first boiled down to Hamilton and Rosberg, and the two Mercedes drivers didn’t disappoint, eschewing any idea of team orders to engage in a frantic last few laps to the race. Ultimately, Hamilton took advantage of a mistake by Rosberg to sweep past the German and put an exciting exclamation point to what has been a dramatic, if not a little one-sided, Formula One season.

There are three races left in the 2015 calendar, the soonest being the F1 Gran Premio De Mexico on November 1, 2015. With both the driver’s and constructor’s titles already decided, these races could be used as early preparations ahead of the winter testing season. Teams will try to get a head-start on the development of next year’s cars and field promising young riders that could one day become the next stars of Formula One. For now, however, Lewis Hamilton retains his spot as the world champion. How long he stays there remains to be seen, but if Mercedes can continue its form, dethroning him could be very difficult.

Continue reading to read more about Lewis Hamilton’s third Formula One world title.

Why it matters

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I’m going to stop short of calling this an exciting Formula One season, even though I was surprised to see Sebastian Vettel put up a fight for Ferrari this late into the season. But, just like last season with Mercedes and the previous four years with Red Bull, Formula One has to contend with the reality of having one dominant team that runs away with the title. I’ll be the first to admit that I miss the days when three drivers from three different teams were in contention heading into the final race of the season. Those were great times as a Formula One fan because the stakes were highest in the last race of the year.

But, that hasn’t been the case this decade. This season alone is a good example of what happens when there’s one dominant team. The season is decided with races left in the calendar. This time, there are three more rounds before the season concludes. Short of the die-hard fanatics who will digest anything and everything they can about the sport, I don’t see any reason to watch these races, now that there isn’t anything up for grabs anymore.

I can’t blame Hamilton and Mercedes for dominating the past two years, just like I never put the blame on Vettel and Red Bull in the four years before that. They’re only racing with what they have; it just so happened that their products were far superior to what anybody else had.

So congratulations, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. It’s a well-deserved championship run, even though it lacked the kind of late-season drama that really brings out the best in the drivers, their cars, and Formula One itself as a whole.

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Lewis Hamilton clinches his third World Drivers’ Championship in thrilling United States Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg completing a historic Silver Arrows 1-2

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Lewis took his 10th win of the season, the 43rd of his Formula One career, en route to sealing his third World Drivers’ Championship crown
The result sees Lewis become the 10th driver to win three or more titles and the only Briton to successfully defend his crown
Today also saw Lewis become the first driver to claim ten or more victories in consecutive seasons
Nico Rosberg finished second to clinch his 12th podium of the season and 38th of his Formula One career
The result marks the 25th 1-2 finish for the Silver Arrows in Formula One and the 50th for Mercedes-Benz power
Both drivers started on intermediate tyres, with each pitting twice for option (soft) compound slicks
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS now lead Ferrari by 200 points in the Constructors’ Championship

Lewis Hamilton
It’s an overwhelming moment. Remembering my first British Championship, when my dad and me drove home singing ‘We Are the Champions’. Thinking about how much my family sacrificed – my Mum, my Dad, my whole family. And also thinking about my fans. They give me so much energy and I hope I inspire them to never give up on their hopes and dreams. The race today was really amazing and anything could have happened. The last 10 - 15 laps were extraordinary – it was just a crazy, crazy race. I was in the lead, then I was fourth and the conditions were really tricky. Nico was driving really well, too. All the way through, I was thinking; “The Championship is there somewhere… how can I get it?” It was so close I could smell it and there was never a moment I didn’t believe I could do it. It’s just incredible to equal Ayrton, too. My target was always three titles as he was the one who inspired me. There is no one I want to equal now – I just want to carry on as far and long as I can. For any driver, you want to win in anything you compete in – but this is the ultimate goal. Championships mean greatness – yours and your team’s! This Team has been so amazing. I feel incredibly thankful. I thought I would win with this team, so that’s why I moved… and I did!
Nico Rosberg
Congratulations first of all to Lewis. He drove a strong season and deserves to win the title. In terms of today, this was a frustrating race for me. To lose the lead with wheelspin hurts very much. It’s even more tough because I was very happy to have recovered from the Turn 1 incident with Lewis. He didn’t leave enough space and drove into me, which was one step too far because I was leading in the middle of the corner. But this is something we can discuss together as a team at another time. I need to recover now from this tough day but I’m sure I will.
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
First of all, a huge congratulations to Lewis. He has driven like a Champion all season and now rightly takes his place in a special group with a third title. I have no doubt there is more to come from him, so if we can keep delivering a car that is capable of doing the job then anything is possible for him. For Nico is has been an unlucky year in many ways. But he has shown his fighting spirit once again today and that will not change in the seasons to come. Looking back at today, we saw a fantastic race from start to finish and I hope that everybody watching was as entertained as we were – particularly the people in the grandstands who braved the weather this weekend. On the pit wall it was a very difficult race to manage, with so many decisions to make and so many marginal calls with the safety cars. We tried to play it fair and square as we always have done and perhaps not every call was the right one. But in the end Lewis had the World Champion’s luck on his side and when you drive the way he has done this season you earn that luck. The first corner was certainly a tense moment and Nico was clearly not happy. It’s never going to happen that a driver is completely happy to see a rival winning. But we have three races left and it’s crucial that we don’t allow today’s incident to have further consequences. We will go away, have a few days of cooling off, and then talk. Looking ahead, we have three races still to go. I have never been in that situation where everything is comfortable and I can sit back and enjoy the race as a fan, so I’m looking forward to seeing our two drivers fight flat out with nothing to lose.

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Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
What a day! Massive congratulations first and foremost to Lewis. A third World Championship is a great credit to all the hard work he has put in not only this season but over a fantastic Formula One career to date. It is very much deserved and I think he can rightly stake his claim as a legend of the sport. At the same time, all credit to Nico today. He’s had a tough season in terms of luck but has kept pushing throughout. He drove superbly today and, bar one small mistake which handed Lewis the lead, would surely have won the race. It’s been an emotional day – not just for Lewis and the team but also for the sport. We saw a truly incredible race – one of the most exciting for many years – which atoned for what had been a pretty grim weekend. The fans here in Austin have been fantastic despite the conditions and very much deserved the entertainment we saw today as a reward for their dedication.

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