Lewis Hamilton’s fourth-placed finish at the Mexican Grand Prix was enough to earn him his fifth Drivers’ Championship title, meaning only the great Michael Schumacher (seven) has more titles than the British star.
Nobody would rule out Hamilton going on to win another three titles to break Schumacher’s record, but even if he doesn’t, the 33-year-old will go down as one of the sport’s greatest ever competitors.
We’ve taken a look back at Hamilton’s season to see exactly how he went on to claim his fifth world title.
Hamilton had to settle for second place in the opening race of the season. Despite being in full control of the race, bad luck for Brit came when a Virtual Safety Car allowed rival Sebastian Vettel to pit and come out ahead of him, as he had already stopped a couple of laps earlier.
After a five-place grid penalty saw Lewis start the race down in ninth, he progressed his way up the grid to finish in a respectable third place.
Hamilton struggled to pose a real threat to eventual winner Daniel Ricciardo and could only muster up a fourth-place finish.
A Valtteri Bottas puncture handed Hamilton the race victory at Baku, one which led to the Brit gaining the lead of the Drivers’ Championship.
Hamilton cruised to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to lead a Mercedes 1-2 and secure his second consecutive win of the season.
Hamilton extended his record of points scoring finishes to 31 consecutive races with a third-place finish, though his Mercedes failed to pose any real threat to race winner Ricciardo.
Lewis could only muster up a fifth-place victory in Canada after a power problem early on in the race meant he had to make an early pit stop, leaving him at a strategic disadvantage.
An engine upgrade for Mercedes saw Hamilton convert pole position into another dominant race victory in France.
In a race full of struggles for the Brit, Hamilton was eventually forced to retire on lap 63 due to a fuel pressure problem.
After a collision with Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap saw Hamilton spin and drop down to 18th, the 33-year-old managed to recover to gain second place at his home Grand Prix.
Lewis reclaimed the lead from Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship after the German, who was leading the race, sensationally crashed into the barriers on lap 52, handing the race win to Hamilton. Prior to this victory, Hamilton had never won a race after qualifying outside the top six – he qualified just 14th at Hockenheim.
Hamilton cruised to another race victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, yet again converting a pole position into all 25 race points.
After losing out to Vettel in the first corner, despite occupying pole position, Hamilton was left to minimise the damage as much as he could be crossing the line in second place – though he posed no real threat to the Ferrari driver for the victory.
Hamilton snatched the lead and the subsequent race victory from Kimi Raikkonen with just eight laps to go. He was helped out by his team-mate Bottas, who held up his fellow-Finn into the path of Lewis.
Another pole position, another race victory for the Brit.
Controversial team-orders saw Lewis secure his third consecutive race win from a bitterly disappointed Bottas, who had qualified on pole and looked set to earn all 25 points.
Another dominant flying lap in qualifying meant the outcome of the Japanese Grand Prix was never in doubt. Lewis secured his fourth consecutive race win.
Hamilton could have secured his fifth world championship at the US Grand Prix, but tyre degradation led to a two-stop race for the Brit and thus, he had to settle for a third-place finish.
Lewis wrote his name into the history books as a fourth-placed finish at Mexico was enough to see him secure his fifth Drivers’ Championship.