Lewis Hamilton wins F1 championship, hands his ‘last champion’ trophy to tax authorities

Lewis Hamilton won his fourth Formula One world championship Sunday at the Japanese Grand Prix, handing himself a unique trophy he will now receive at an exclusive award ceremony in Monaco. The British driver…

Lewis Hamilton wins F1 championship, hands his ‘last champion’ trophy to tax authorities

Lewis Hamilton won his fourth Formula One world championship Sunday at the Japanese Grand Prix, handing himself a unique trophy he will now receive at an exclusive award ceremony in Monaco.

The British driver said he was going to surround himself with the trophy at a party in Monaco, complete with escort from tax authorities.

“I have walked this sport alone,” Hamilton said after winning the season’s final race by less than two tenths of a second. “I will start an arms race in Monaco, where I am going to take all the jewellery and let tax authorities decide where I put it.

“There was no one else to turn to. It really was me and I won it alone. I’ve waited 13 years for a win like this. To feel my emotions here, to taste them after 12 tires and eight pit stops, to hear the roars of support from the fans, I am truly grateful.”

Hamilton has been Formula One’s dominant car for much of this season, with Mercedes having wrapped up the constructors’ championship before his second victory of the season in Russia.

But he said he still needs to prove himself by contending with Red Bull’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, whom he called “the best driver in history.”

“We have a great relationship, but right now my focus is on being better than him and if I lose that, I’ll be back here next year,” he said.

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