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He’s done it! Lewis Hamilton won his third Formula 1 world championship title at the 2015 United States GP.

He did it in style too, taking his 10th win of the season to add to his current tally of 43 race victories. That’s one more than Sebastian Vettel, which moves Lewis up to third in the all time list, behind Michael Schumacher (91) and Alain Prost (51).

Lewis is the 10th driver in history to win three titles or more, and now has as many championships to his name as his idol Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Niki Lauda, Jackie Stewart and Jack Brabham. Ahead of him lie Vettel, Alain Prost (four titles each), Juan Manuel Fangio (five) and Schumacher (seven).

He successfully defended his title – a first back-to-back win for a British driver. It’s arguably his easiest yet, wrapping up the championship with three races to go. He won the 2008 title on the very last corner of the final race, and the 2014 championship in a last-race showdown against his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 teammate, Nico Rosberg.

Fellow three-time champion Jackie Stewart was recently quoted as saying that Hamilton is not yet an F1 great, and that “one can (only) achieve that level until later.” Hamilton agreed, too, commenting that, “legends are people who are in the older generation I feel, people who have retired.”

Well, at just 30 years old and in the form of his career, he certainly looks set to add to his current record of three titles, 43 wins, 84 podiums, 49 pole positions and 27 fastest laps over 164 starts. Is he an F1 great just yet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Well done, Lewis. Well done.