Mild Max Takes the Mex While Hamilton Clinches Driver's Title
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What's cool about 2-in-1 storylines is, by definition, they're gonna feature subplots.
- Max Verstappen won the battle by being first the the checkers for the second year in a row, while
- Lewis Hamilton won the war by finishing fourth and thus earning enough points to commandeer this season's Formula 1 driver's championship.
It's tempting to say sharing is caring in the winner's circle, but there's no doubt who's top dog here.
The Dutchman was happy enough by picking up his fifth career Formula 1 victory. His Red Bull Racing crew nailed tire selection and pressure that allowed Verstappen to grab the lead outta the gate and hold it throughout the day.
Hamilton's course strategy was obviously based on the long game and finishing what he started.
Dude only needed a seventh-place result to take an insurmountable overall points lead over Sebastian Vettel, so his focus was on staying in one piece. He did:
Michael Schumacher -- with seven -- is the only driver to hold more titles than Hamilton's five.
For the record, the Briton's only 33.
Hamilton and Vettel had been trading the points lead until Hockenheim, where Mercedes' top driver took the flag and the German crashed his Ferrari on the rainy track.
It opened a 17-point gap that turned out to be too much to overcome, even though the F1 season had another four months to run.
Since then, Hamilton was dominant:
- Dude's won six of the next eight races, and
- He's taken the pole position nine times.