Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the 2019 Formula One champion with two races to spare after finishing as runner-up in the American Grand Prix in Texas on Sunday.
The Briton has now claimed his sixth world title, moving within one of Michael Schumacher’s record of seven. It was also Hamilton’s fifth title in the past six seasons.
“I definitely feel like this has been my best season,” Hamilton said.
“But it takes a long time to master a craft and while I feel like I am mastering it, there is still more to master, there is more to add and more pieces of the puzzle to complete.
“There are going to be ups and downs along the way but I feel like I have the best tools to deal with those.
“I am working on a masterpiece and I haven’t quite finished it yet.”
Hamilton only needed two points to secure the title, although he was more determined to win the race.
He started from fifth on the grid, with Bottas starting on pole.
Hamilton actually fought his way into the lead, with Mercedes’ pit stop strategy paying off.
However, Bottas overtook Hamilton in the 52nd lap, before the Briton held off a fast-finishing Verstappen for third.