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Hamilton ‘honoured’ to be most successful British racer

HISTORY-MAKER: Hamilton dons a cowboy hat after winning the US GP (PA)

LEWIS HAMILTON rewrote the British F1 history books as the country’s most successful racer while paving the way to a likely second world championship title by winning yesterday’s (Nov 2) US Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver beat closest rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished second, and notched up his 32nd career F1 victory, one better than the previous best of Nigel Mansell.

Speaking about his 10th win of this season, which puts him 24 points ahead of Rosberg, Hamilton said: “It's a real honour to be on the list among the greats.

“I'm very, very proud to now hold the record for the most F1 wins for a British driver.”

Beaming with pride, the Stevenage-born speed king acknowledged it was a team effort too and added: “I have to say, though, it's all thanks to the team and the car we have this year that I've been able to reach that landmark so quickly. This team has done an incredible job. It's the car I have dreamed of and I finally have it.

“It's been the best year of my life, and it's been the best season in my whole career. The performances I've been putting in, the consistency I've had, I've been working hard at it.”

Hamilton started the US race second on the grid with Rosberg on pole, but the German was outmanoeuvred by Hamilton on the 24th lap at turn 12 where the Englishman overtook on the inside of the hairpin, forcing Rosberg wide.

Hamilton even managed a little dig at his title rival by saying: “It's not just about starting from pole. Races like this feel even better; you have to outsmart the guy ahead of you.”

Mansell, whose last race was in 1995, praised Hamilton for surpassing his record saying: “Brilliant for Lewis and Merc.

“Nico put up a strong fight, but Lewis did a fantastic job. Many congratulations.”

With only two races to go, Hamilton could finish second in each one, with Rosberg winning both, and still win his second championship following his first title with McLaren in 2008.

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