Formula One Third world title the 'greatest moment of my life' - Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton called his third Formula One world championship the "greatest moment" of his life.

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Third world title the 'greatest moment of my life' - Lewis Hamilton

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton called his third Formula One world championship the "greatest moment" of his life.

Hamilton clinched back-to-back titles with the German manufacturer after taking out the United States Grand Prix in Austin on Sunday.

The Brit capitalised on a Nico Rosberg error with seven laps to go to seal a 10th win of the season and third career title.

The 30-year-old found it hard to describe his elation.

"It's difficult to find the words really," Hamilton said. "I owe it all to my dad and family who supported me all these years and sacrificed so much.

"It's a very humbling experience, especially to equal Ayrton Senna [on three world titles] - I feel very blessed today.

"It's the greatest moment of my life. I pushed and pushed - I hope I can inspire people to never give up. It's just crazy to think I'm now a three-time world champion."

Hamilton had dropped as low as fourth midway through the race and thought Rosberg would keep the championship fight going.

"Today so many times I thought I had lost the race," he said. "Nico was really quick in stages, he pitted under the virtual safety car but never for one second did I think I couldn't do it.

"I'm buzzing inside I can't find the right words to express the feeling but it's the greatest I've had in my life. Nico drove a fantastic race, mad respect for him as a team-mate."

Rosberg did not share a similar sentiment after the race.

After Hamilton threw him a cap to wear on the podium, Rosberg picked it up and threw it straight back to show his frustration at his team-mate.

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