Lewis Hamilton didn’t waste any time celebrating his fourth Formula One world title, jetting off to Miami immediately after his historic triumph at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Hamilton surpassed Sir Jackie Stewart to become the first Briton to win more than three championships, and joined Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel as just the fifth to have won four or more after a chaotic race in Mexico on Sunday.
And intent on making it a night to remember, the Mercedes superstar boarded a private jet to America — and was joined by his friends and family.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his latest Formula One world title triumph at a Miami nightclub
The 32-year-old British driver danced the night away at glamorous nightclub Liv Miami
MOST F1 TITLES
1. Michael Schumacher (7)
2. Juan Manuel Fangio (5)
3. Alain Prost (4)
= Sebastian Vettel (4)
= Lewis Hamilton (4)
In videos posted on his Instagram story, Hamilton enjoyed his latest F1 world title triumph with his closest friends and family.
He was joined by his mother Carmen, who was present at the Mexican Grand Prix to watch him make history.
Hamilton was in relaxed mood as he celebrated his victory en route to America with his godson Hiero on the plane.
It is believed Hiero is the son of Hamilton’s close friend Yuko Fredriksson, a make-up artist who was also part of the travelling party.
And, after arriving in the US, the 32-year-old driver danced the night away at glamorous nightclub Liv Miami.
The Brit immediately left the Mexico City circuit via helicopter and made his way to private jet
Hamilton was undoubtedly delighted with his latest triumph, and went to America to celebrate
In true Formula One style, Hamilton had bottle service — and the nightclub congratulated him by holding up electronic placards in a show of respect to the Brit.
Regarded as one of the top nightlife venues in the world, Liv paid tribute to the triumphant driver by reminding him of his four world title victories.
Prior to departing Mexico City, Hamilton took to his Instagram to thank his fans and Mercedes team for allowing him to achieve his dreams.
He wrote: ‘As a kid, I always dreamt of being in Formula 1. I never lost sight of that dream, even when people said it would be impossible. I stand here now with 4 World Championships and am proof that if you follow your dreams with everything you have, they can come true.
‘I am so grateful to all 1,500 people in my Team who all have a dream of making the best F1 car and tirelessly make that dream a reality. My fans, #TeamLH, I would not be here without you.
The triumphant 32-year-old was ‘so grateful’ to have his mum Carmen present in Mexico
Hamilton, along with his friends and family, then departed Mexico via a private jet
‘You’ve carried me through adversity and shared my joy in moments such as these. Truly, thank you. We are all rising together and I am so excited for what our future brings together.’
And Hamilton has already set his sights on winning a fifth world championship after being crowned Britain’s most successful motor racing driver ever.
The 32-year-old Englishman finished only ninth in Mexico — the lowest position of his championship-winning season — following a stunning opening-lap collision with Vettel, after which Hamilton asked if his rival had crashed into him on purpose.
Hamilton dropped to last but Vettel — who also had to stop for repairs — crossed the line in fourth to fall well short of the victory he needed to stop Hamilton from rewriting the record books.
The glamorous Liv Miami is regarded as one of the top nightlife venues in the world
Hamilton attended the Liv on Sunday event, where American rapper Yo Gotti was performing
The nightclub has a fully-equipped DJ booth, four full service bars and a private VIP entrance
Hamilton took the chequered flag with his helmet in his hands before holding a Union Jack aloft as he celebrated his remarkable achievement.
Later, he arrived to address the media with a glass of champagne. He had one sip of bubbly before proclaiming it as disgusting and reverting to an energy drink.
‘Four is a great number, but I want number five now,’ Hamilton said with a telling grin. ‘Throughout the race I was just thinking to myself, “don’t give up”.
‘I went back to when my Dad put me in the boxing ring when I was younger and this kid beat the crap out of me. My nose was bleeding and I didn’t want to go back in, and it felt very similar today.
‘I got the puncture, and I could have easily resorted to giving up, making mistakes, but, I remembered that moment and I was like “I’m not going to give up, I’m going to keep pushing, and give it everything, so that when I cross the line I can be proud of myself,” and I definitely am.’
Despite finishing ninth, Hamilton claimed his fourth world championship in Mexico
The victory makes him Great Britain’s most successful British driver of all time
Fans salute Hamilton as he performs donuts on the track following his fourth title success
Hamilton poses with the Union Flag having regained the world title at the Mexican Grand Prix