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Lewis Hamilton went level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five Formula One titles.

The 33-year-old secured the Championship when he came fourth in Mexico City.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished first while Sebastian Vettel came in second position.

Now the Mercedes star is keen to close in on Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles.

His current contract will see him race until the end of 2020.

Hamilton has never been one to get carried away and insists he is honoured to become the third ever driver to reach five titles.

“I’ve never, ever personally classify myself as the best,” Hamilton said.

“Michael’s [Schumacher] still quite far ahead in race wins so you can have to say he is still the GOAT [greatest of all time].

“Fangio, I think, is the godfather and always will be, from a driver’s perspective.

“To do what he did at that time, when everything was so dangerous, my respect is so high for him.

“I feel very honoured to have my name alongside his. If I stopped today, the Hamilton name will always be there.

“I feel like I’m still driving with that fierce fire that I had when I was eight years old, which I love.”

Schumacher suffered a serious head injury in a terrible skiing accident in 2013.

The former champion has been bed-bound since with the reason not highly publicised for the privacy of his family.

Jon Todt, who is president of the F1 governing body FIA and a friend of Schumacher, told The Times he visits the F1 champion “at least twice a month.”

He told the Times: “I simply say it is private. I see Michael, I love Michael. I see his family.”

Source : EXPRESS

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