Motor racing: Hamilton crowned F1 champion at royal palace 📹

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Britain's Lewis Hamilton was handed the Formula One world championship trophy for the fourth time on Friday at a gala prize-giving ceremony in the sumptuous palace of France's former monarchy.

With Formula One chairman Chase Carey looking on, newly-re-elected International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt handed the 32-year-old Mercedes driver the silverware he won in Mexico with two races to spare.

Asked earlier for his highlight of the season, Hamilton singled out his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone because of the support he received after the 'negativity' surrounding his failure to take part in an earlier London event.

Red Bull's 20-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen beat a field that included Hamilton and his own Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo to the 'Personality of the Year" award for the third successive year.

British teenager Billy Monger, who had his lower legs amputated after a horrific smash in a Formula Four race at Donington Park in April, was presented with an FIA president's special award.

See the award acceptance here:

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