Autosport Awards: Hamilton wins International Racing Driver prize

Lewis Hamilton added two more titles to his 2018 haul, sealing the British Competition Driver and International Racing Driver of the Year presented by Pirelli Autosport Awards categories.

Autosport Awards: Hamilton wins International Racing Driver prize

Hamilton won his fifth Formula 1 world championship this season, beating Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to the crown with a commanding performance in the second half of the season to equal Juan Manuel Fangio's tally of titles.

He won 11 of 21 races - equalling his personal-best season haul from 2014 - during a campaign in which Hamilton and his Mercedes team faced their sternest challenge from rivals Ferrari and Red Bull since the start of F1's V6 turbo-hybrid era.

His award wins were his sixth in both categories.

Hamilton did not attend the reception at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, but sent a video message to acknowledge his awards.

F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton appears via video link to accept the British Competition Driver and International Racing Driver awards

F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton appears via video link to accept the British Competition Driver and International Racing Driver awards

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / LAT Images

"I just really wanted to send a message; I’m sorry I can’t be there with you,” said Hamilton.

“Autosport has been something that I’ve followed for so many years, I remember my first time there in 1995 and standing and getting to meet so many great people and I know it’s an incredible event and it gets better every year.

“I want to say a big thank you to Autosport and the fans who vote for me - thank you so much for your support throughout the year.

“And [to] all the other nominees and contestants, and winners, congratulations. I think 2018 hopefully has been an amazing year for you as it has been for me.

“I want to wish everyone an amazing Christmas with the family, hope you stay focussed for 2019. I wish you all the best.”

Both prizes were collected in person by Hamilton's brother Nicolas.

Nic Hamilton, brother of F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, on stage to accept the British Competition Driver and International Racing Driver awards

Nic Hamilton, brother of F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, on stage to accept the British Competition Driver and International Racing Driver awards

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / LAT Images

Hamilton beat fellow F1 drivers Vettel, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso - who will step away from F1 for 2019 - plus respective IndyCar and Formula E champions Scott Dixon and Jean-Eric Vergne to the International Racing Driver of the Year award.

His ex-McLaren F1 teammate and 2018 Super GT champion Jenson Button, F2 title winner George Russell, DTM drivers Gary Paffett and Paul di Resta and Formula E frontrunner Sam Bird were the drivers Hamilton beat to the British Competition Driver award.

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