Lewis Hamilton will be third on grid for Mexican Grand Prix

Max Verstappen Mexican GP 2018

Max Verstappen Mexican GP 2018

Verstappen took the lead at the start and controlled the race thereafter to secure his fifth career Formula 1 victory, but for Horner, the gloss was taken off the result by Daniel Ricciardo's latest retirement whilst running second.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates winning his fifth Formula One drivers' championship during the Mexico Formula One Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

He had been all smiles on Saturday after pipping Verstappen to pole position but made a poor start on Sunday with wheelspin dropping him to third. Even if there are a lot of things written, I really don't care. "Helpless I think is the best word". That's as good as I could get.

Asked how he meant to celebrate his triumph, Hamilton replied: "It is going to sound really boring, but I just feel content and really happy, so I am looking forward to going to sleep".

But the German could only manage second place, meaning Hamilton's fourth-place finish was inconsequential in his bid to retain the crown.

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"This has actually been a really hard weekend because my grandad died on Thursday morning", he said.

Red Bull had dominated qualifying to earn its first 1-2 start of the hybrid engine era.

Reflecting on his season Hamilton added: "It has been the toughest year physically, mentally and personally with everything I'm committed to, but I have unbelievable support".

"I just feel very very humble, of course I dreamed about this but I never thought I'd be standing here as a five-time champion".

Daniel Ricciardo's smile beamed its brightest in months, while his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen steamed. He's leaving the team for Renault in 2019. Additionally, Ricciardo's MGU-K failure in Monaco would have been retirement-worthy at any other track, but Monaco's narrow streets let him hold on to the win despite an approximate 210 horsepower deficit to Ferrari's Vettel. "I'm just praying for a smooth and safe race".

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"I always believed we could win this championship, but it was one of the toughest", Hamilton said.

Hamilton said he'd like to go for a win to punctuate a season championship but he doesn't give himself much of a chance to do that Sunday. "Being behind the Red Bulls is not a bad thing".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, the only man that can deny Hamilton the title, starts from fourth and must win if he has any hope of extending the championship to the next race in Brazil. His Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas finished fifth but lapped by Verstappen.

Stoffel Vandoorne enjoyed a rare afternoon of success, finishing eighth for McLaren, while Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was ninth and Pierre Gasly 10th for Toro Rosso.

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