Daimler chairman applauds Lewis Hamilton's title success

Daimler AG chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz, Ola Källenius, has congratulated Lewis Hamilton on his sixth Formula 1 World Championship.

The Briton has scored five title wins with the Mercedes team – one with McLaren in 2008 –  but all of them have come thanks to Mercedes power which Källenius says fills him and the company with "great pride".

"Lewis truly embodies our brand aspiration to be the best – both on and off track," he said. "He always strives for more, trying to improve every last detail and never stops pushing – both himself and his team.

"It’s this drive to improve combined with an unrivalled command of the car that has earned Lewis his well-deserved place in Formula 1 history.

"Six Drivers’ Championships - all of them powered by Mercedes-Benz - is an incredible achievement and one that fills the entire Daimler family with great pride.

"Congratulations from your 300,000 colleagues all over the world. Extremely well done, Lewis!"

Markus Schäfer, a member of the Daimler AG board, sent his congratulations to the team, which just a few weeks ago won its sixth-straight Constructors' Championship.

"To win six consecutive constructors’ championships is something that has only been achieved once in F1 history. For everybody at Daimler, this achievement is not just a source of great pride, it is also a demonstration of our company’s capability to succeed when tackling the biggest challenges," he added.

"To win in Formula 1 requires the right blend of cutting-edge technology and exceptional team spirit to achieve demanding goals; the lessons we learn from this success are important ingredients in our ability to achieve the same in our wider business."