Lewis Hamilton wraps up another world title

Lewis Hamilton wrote his name into the pantheon of Britain's all-time sporting greats by winning his sixth Formula One world championship in America.

The 34-year-old moved above the sport's Argentinian godfather Juan Manuel Fangio and within striking range of Michael Schumacher's record collection of seven after he took the chequered flag in Texas in second place.

Hamilton was required to finish only in the top eight to be certain of clinching the championship here.

Valtteri Bottas did all he could to take the title fight on to Brazil by passing Hamilton, on a different strategy to his Mercedes team-mate, for the victory with four laps remaining.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen ran Hamilton all the way to the line, but finished just eight tenths of a second behind the Englishman.

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Six-time world champion Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, is congratulated by his teammates after the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on, on the drivers parade before the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd on the drivers parade before the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 leads Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: 2019 Formula One World Drivers Champion Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: 2019 Formula One World Drivers Champion Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain with Matthew McConaughey of USA during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 03: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain with Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)
File photo dated 28-10-2018 of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Formula One drivers' championship.
File photo dated 29-10-2017 of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Formula One drivers' championship.
File photo dated 25-10-2015 of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (centre) celebrates his victory and winning the 2015 Formula One World Championship.
File photo dated 25-10-2015 of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (bottom) celebrates his victory and winning the 2015 Formula One World Championship alongside Niki Lauda (centre left), Toto Wolff.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, races during the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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"Get in there, Lewis," came the roar from Hamilton's race engineer, Pete Bonnington. "That is it. Champion of the world. You did that in style, mate."

"Still we rise, guys," replied an emotional Hamilton. "What an incredible weekend. To everyone that came out, I cannot believe it. I really can't believe it."

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