Hamilton receives F1 world champion trophy at FIA gala

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Lewis Hamilton picked up his third Formula 1 world championship trophy at the FIA’s annual end-of-season gala in Paris on Friday night.

The FIA celebrated the racing year with a glittering event on the Champs-Elysées that saw the champions of all its series collect their trophies.

Hamilton clinched his third F1 world title at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas at the end of October, but had to wait until Friday’s event before collecting the trophy.

“It’s pretty much impossible to put into words what it means to be a three-time world champion,” Hamilton said.

“It is a dream, it’s an incredible feeling and I’m very proud of my family for everything they did to get me here today.

“I remember how hard my Dad and my Mom worked to make sacrifices for me. It’s been a long, long journey – I’ve been racing for 22 years.

“This year, winning the race in Austin and sealing the championship there was one of the most special races. There’s a huge sense of pride in what I have achieved.”