Social roundup: First wave of congrats for Hamilton’s 4th world title

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Although Lewis Hamilton’s title-clinching drive in today’s Mexican Grand Prix wasn’t done in the traditional sense – he ended ninth and needed a race-long recovery from first lap contact – he’s still entered Formula 1’s four-time World Champion club as a result of the day.

Hamilton is the fifth driver in F1 history to hit that milestone, joining all-time leader Michael Schumacher (seven), Juan Manuel Fangio (five), Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel (four apiece) in that club.

The racing world has begun to extend its congratulations to Hamilton. You can see the roundup below, with some big names and teams weighing in on the accomplishment.

Eriksson snatches Macau Formula 3 pole from Norris

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Joel Eriksson snatched pole position for Saturday’s qualifying race ahead of the Macau Grand Prix after a thrilling fight with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Ferrari junior Callum Ilott.

Norris headed into the second stage of qualifying on provisional pole after lapping almost a second faster than any other driver in Thursday’s first opening session, and remained in contention early in Q2.

Norris was the first driver to dip into the 2:10s with a time of 2:10.744, only for Eriksson to go 0.024 seconds faster minutes later and snatch pole away.

Despite a later effort to try and reclaim pole, Norris was unable to improve his time, and opted to remain in the pits for the final five minutes of the session after using up his allocated tires.

Ilott was the final driver to put in a serious bid for pole position, falling 0.09 seconds short with his final qualifying lap to sit third on the grid for the qualifying race.

Maximilian Gunther claimed fourth place for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Dan Ticktum, with Mick Schumacher taking P7.

Yuhi Sekiguchi wound up eighth despite a late crash that brought out a red flag, while Sergio Sette Camara and Guanyu Zhou completed the top 10 positions in qualifying.

Saturday’s qualifying race will help form the grid for Sunday’s main event, the 64th Macau Grand Prix.