“I was trying not to be too aggressive there in T1 and left a lot of space for the car behind," said Hamilton who asked his team if it had been a deliberate move by Vettel, but there was no clear response. “I’d like to say a big thanks to everybody in this team,” said Hamilton. “What you’ve done in the past couple of years is incredible. I’m so grateful. “I kept coming back today and I am proud to race for all the team. I have tried this year to work hard and do all I can in this team. I try not to leave any stone unturned in my preparation and that is the team philosophy. “We have won four constructors’ titles and that is so amazing, too. “In this race, I was 40 seconds behind and you know that just feels like being in no-man’s land, but like I said I never gave up.” He added that he had no immediate thoughts of adding to his four titles -– only Michael Schumacher on seven and Juan-Manuel Fangio on five have won more. “I am taking it one day at a time right now,” he said. “I am really happy to have won this one, my fourth.
'Lewis Hamilton is one of Formula 1's all-time greats.'And the numbers back it up ? https://t.co/nMfeJP8Leg #MexicoGP pic.twitter.com/IK3goIhQyU — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 30, 2017
“And, in the end, I want to make people happy. This is what is important and in my heart, I am so grateful for today. “And this crowd, here in Mexico, is just amazing. The fans here are the best in the world.”
"It's beyond my wildest dreams."Even Lewis Hamilton didn't think he'd ever win four world titles.https://t.co/CCRlIWyeQ5 pic.twitter.com/ZtTM1cHz9H — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 29, 2017
Here is what others had to say on Hamilton's 4th title: "Simply, simply lovely." - Race winner Max Verstappen after grabbing the lead on the first lap.
"I hated the race but I am super happy now. Lewis has achieved it and team has won. This is the most important." - Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff "I'm happy for your bro'." - Brazilian football superstar Neymar sends message to Hamilton. "@lewishamilton Legend!!!!! Well done bro...!!"
Congratulations Lewis ?? Well deserving champion! Also brilliant for Team Mercedes to clinch both titles ?? https://t.co/aEHzGc5qZb— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) October 29, 2017