Hamilton, Mercedes crowned at FIA Gala
9 December 2017 – Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have been officially crowned Formula 1 World Champions for a fourth time at the FIA's annual Prize Giving Ceremony, held at the Palace of Versailles in France.
Hamilton battled with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel for the 2017 title before pulling clear after the summer break, clinching his fourth crown in Mexico, with two rounds to spare.
It enabled Hamilton to add to previous titles in 2008 (with McLaren), 2014 and 2015, drawing him level on four titles with Alain Prost, and behind only Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton received the World Championship trophy from newly re-elected FIA President Jean Todt during a glitzy ceremony.
"It's been a real privilege to be here, I want to say a big congratulations to the FIA, the awards are always so prestigious but this is above and beyond, it's been incredible," said Hamilton.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff collected the Constructors' trophy after the squad's fourth straight triumph in the championship, having amassed 12 wins in 2017.
Runner-up Vettel and third-placed driver Valtteri Bottas were also in attendance to collect their trophies, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen picked up the Personality of the Year award.
Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley was another attendee, joining Porsche WEC team-mates Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber to receive the LMP1 trophy.
Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc received the Rookie of the Year prize, as he also picked up his trophy for winning the feeder series, while Lando Norris collected the Formula 3 accolade.
Russian Time and Prema also received the Teams' title in the respective series for their exploits in 2017.
There was also a standing ovation for Billy Monger, who walked onto the stage to receive the FIA President's Special Award from Todt.
Monger, 18, had the lower part of both legs amputated following a high-speed crash in a British Formula 4 round at Donington Park in April.