Lewis Hamilton responds to Fernando Alonso message after sealing sixth F1 world title

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Lewis Hamilton has sealed another world title after finishing second to Valtteri Bottas in the United States Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso congratulated Lewis Hamilton after he sealed his sixth Formula One world title yesterday.

The Brit finished second to team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the United States but it was enough for him to make more history.

Hamilton’s former McLaren team-mate Alonso took to Instagram to offer his congratulations.

He said: “Congrats @lewishamilton! World champion again.”

Hamilton was clearly a little taken aback by the praise from the Spaniard who didn’t see eye-to-eye with the world champion when the two were together at McLaren.

He responded: “Wow thank you bro.”

Hamilton couldn’t believe he had become a six-time F1 world champion in the immediate aftermath of the race in Austin.

“Cloud nine doesn’t even get close to where I am – I’m somewhere far above that,” he exclaimed.

“Right now it’s hard to understand what I’m feeling to be honest. Naturally just pure happiness.”

Hamilton also believes it has been one of his toughest seasons to date in the sport.

He added: “This has been the hardest year that I can remember. It’s really hard for people probably to fully appreciate that because obviously they’re not with me all the time and understand the ups and downs that go on in an athletes mind.

“But it’s been so challenging, working with the guys [team], the fitness side of things, the healthy side of things, the travelling that we’re doing, the ups and downs we’ve been experiencing.

“I would say more so the ups and downs outside the sport has been even more challenging.”

He added: “I’m really, really grateful to everyone back at the factory, everyone who has supported me this year within the team, who have worked so hard to enable us to do what we do,” said Hamilton

“It’s such a privilege and an honour to work for this team, to be able to go out there and have the platform to put in performances in like that today.

“I miss Niki so much, I know today he’d be taking his cap off. Yesterday he would have been saying he was paying me too much (laughs) but today he would have taken his cap off. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without Niki, so he’s here with us in spirit.”

F1 returns with the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, November 17.

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