Louis Hamilton with his Formula 1 trophy. Picture: FIA

British driver Lewis Hamilton has officially been crowned Formula 1’s world champion for 2018 on Friday at the motorsport’s annual end-of-season ceremony.

Hamilton and Mercedes received their prizes for the Drivers’ Championship trophy for the fifth time at the FIA’s awards gala in St Petersburg, Russia.

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Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen collected trophies for finishing second and third respectively in the title race.

Hamilton’s fifth championship has drawn him level with the great Juan Manuel Fangio on F1’s all-time table, with only seven-time Michael Schumacher now ahead of the Englishman.

Hamilton said: “I wouldn’t be up here without this incredible team, so I am really chinking the chain.

“There are so many people and I am sure for everyone who has a team here, there’s so many people in the background that are really the unsung heroes.

“And it’s kind of weird to come up here and to receive this great awards, but it couldn’t be done without this great team, so it’s been a real privilege to be with Mercedes Benz for the last six years.

“It’s crazy to think that this is my 12th season, but luckily Kimi is staying for another year so I am not going to be the oldest driver. But otherwise we just got to keep pushing, keep trying to raise the bar.”