Hamilton wins fifth F1 championship
Lewis Hamilton wobbled his way to matching Juan Manuel Fangio as a five-time Formula One world champion.
The Mercedes star struggled with severe tyre wear to finish fourth in the Mexican Grand Prix, but it was enough to seal the 2018 title with his closest challenger Sebastian Vettel coming home second behind a dominant performance from Max Verstappen.
The young Dutchman stole the lead from his pole-sitting team mate Daniel Ricciardo after a quicker getaway and was never headed for the victory.
Behind him, Hamilton struggled to keep pace and lost positions to Vettel and Ricciardo in the early stages of the race. The Australian moved back to second place once the German pitted for a second set of fresh tyres, and looked set to hold off the Ferrari for a Red Bull 1-2 finish but retired with 10 laps to go following power steering failure - the sixth mechanical failure in his torrid final season with Red Bull before moving to Renault in 2019.
A worried Verstappen then cruised to victory ahead of Vettel and Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who nursed his tyres on a one-stop strategy to leap frog Hamilton in the middle of the race.
But the day belonged to the Briton, who now holds an unnassailable lead in the world championship with two races to go in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
"It was a horrible race," Hamilton admitted on the broadcast after the race. "We were struggling. I was trying to hold on and bring the car home."
"I dont really allow myself to be too emotional in public, but right now I just feel very very humbled by the whole experience. Its very very hard to realise it at the moment. Its something that of course I dreamed of, but never in a million years did I think Id be standing here today a five-time world champion."
World Rally Championship
Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb scored a surprise victory in a championship-changing Rally of Spain on the weekend.
The Frenchman, making the last of his three comeback starts in a Citroen this year having retired from full-time competition in 2012, took advantage of a troubled event for all the main players, taking the lead into Sundays final stages and holding on for an emphatic win, just 2.9 seconds ahead of his former protege, five-time champion Sebastian Ogier.
Ogier now leads the world title fight by three points heading into the winner-takes-all finale, Rally Australia to be held in Coffs Harbour in mid-November.
He overtook long-time front runner, Hyundais Thierry Neuville, after the Belgian broke a wheel just kilometres from the finish when he clipped a rock.
Toyotas Ott Tanak lost his shot at making it a three-way title fight with a puncture on the second day dropping him down the order, and out of contention.
Maverick Vinales shattered Yamahas longest losing streak in MotoGP with a dominant victory in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
The Spaniard broke away from a fierce front-running battle in the middle of the 27-lap race and then maintained a comfortable cushion to score Yamahas first win since the 2017 Dutch TT at Assen, 25 races ago.
The race was marred by a shocking high-speed incident between Johann Zarco and 2018 champion elect Marc Marquez. The front tyre of Zarcos Yamaha hit the back wheel of Marquez Honda at the initial braking marker for the super-quick Doohan Corner, flipping the Frenchman off his machine at 250km/h and into a frightening slide on the grass and forcing Marquez into retirement.
Suzukis Andrea Ionnane and Ducatis Andrea Dovizisio completed the podium ahead of a stand-out performance from Jorge Lorenzos stand-in, Alvaro Bautista, on the second Ducati and Ionnones team mate Alex Rins.
Australias Jack Miller led the early laps of the race and was among the battle with the front runners for the entire race, but could not challenge in the closing stages and finished seventh.