Lewis Hamilton officially crowned 2019 F1 champion at FIA Gala
Lewis Hamilton has officially received the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship trophy for a sixth time during Friday’s FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in France.
Hamilton picked up the accolade during the annual FIA Gala, which was held on Friday evening at the world-famous Musee de Louvre in Paris.
Hamilton was joined by Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, representing the manufacturer, which secured its sixth successive Constructors’ trophy this year.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen were also in attendance to collect their prize for finishing second and third respectively in the championship.
Bottas drove Mercedes’ W10 onto the stage during the ceremony.
“For me this has definitely been the best season of my life, I’ve enjoyed collaborating with this incredible team, which has almost 2,000 people,” said Hamilton.
“Fighting hard with Valtteri, and a lot of these up-and-coming drivers this year, has been fantastic.”
Hamilton’s sixth title, which was secured at November’s United States Grand Prix, marked his third in succession, following on from previous successes in 2008, 2014 and 2015.
With Ferrari and Red Bull failing to mount a challenge in 2019 Hamilton pulled clear of Bottas through the European rounds of the championship, taking four wins in a row from Spain through France, establishing a title advantage that he never relinquished.
Hamilton finished the year with 11 victories and a record haul of 413 points.
Alexander Albon picked up the accolade for the FIA’s Rookie of the Year, having taken eighth in the Formula 1 championship, stepping up from Toro Rosso to Red Bull mid-season.
The late Niki Lauda was the recipient of the Personality of the Year award.