Lewis Hamilton has been crowned Formula 1 World Champion for a third time after successfully putting the 2015 F1 title out of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg's reach by winning a thrilling and unpredictable United States Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver came into the Texas event needing to swell his championship lead to 75 points over Vettel and Rosberg in order to be crowned world champion once again, with the Mercedes driver successfully achieving his objective by prevailing in an enthralling race in Austin.
A third world title for the 30 year-old, adding to his successes in 2008 and 2014, Hamilton becomes the first British driver to successfully defend his crown and joins an exclusive group of just ten drivers to win three championships
His most comprehensive title-winning campaign yet, though Hamilton's route to the top in 2015 has been assisted by the continued dominance of his Mercedes AMG package, the Briton has nonetheless often demonstrated a significant edge over the competition, scoring ten wins, 15 podiums and 11 pole positions in 16 races, with three rounds still remaining.
Indeed, having engaged in a fierce – and at times tumultuous – tussle with team-mate Rosberg in 2014, Hamilton has exerted a firm control over this year's championship, finishing behind the German on the road just three times this year.
Having won the season opener in Australia, Hamilton hasn't been headed once in the overall standings this year, his subsequent successes in China, Bahrain, Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Italy, Japan and Russia enabling him to bring the title battle to an early conclusion with races in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi remaining.