After his fourth place ensured the title Hamilton said he was still struggling to take it in. "Ultimately it was the goal".
"It wasn't won here, it was won with a lot of hard work throughout a lot of races (during the season)". How can I be fitter? I don't have any more words.
"So it was mainly congratulating him and to tell him to keep pushing for next year because I want him at his best to fight him again". Just in all areas.
"I feel this year I have been able to lift them all up".
"For now I am not the happiest guy, but in two weeks' time I will step into the auto I always dreamed of driving and there is plenty to be happy about".
A defeated Sebastian Vettel conceded that Lewis Hamilton was the best driver in 2018 after finishing second in Mexico Sunday and falling out of championship contention.
"It was a terrible race". That's as good as I could get. "I am really proud of everyone".
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Then I don't know what happened after that. I think we need to stand there and accept that and say congratulations.
His technical chief James Allison added: "Today was painful, painful indeed. We had the right tyres available and the auto was working brilliantly".
"That's how you [are] supposed to drive".
Defending champion Hamilton failed to top the podium in any of the first three races and a victory in Baku looked unlikely too until he capitalised on two strokes of fortune.
"How am I going to be fitter?" Without them I couldn't have done it. "Ferrari are right there with us, but we're here to try and compete, so we will do the best we can to have a real race".
Monza had been a happy hunting ground for Hamilton before September's race and the Mercedes driver once more showed his liking for the circuit with a fifth Italian Grand Prix victory that stretched his overall lead to 30 points.
"Oh my god", he said. "I let a bit out once I heard I got pole, but I've got to save some energy for tomorrow".
"I knew it was there somewhere", Ricciardo said, beaming. I remember when I won a championship in Formula 3 years ago, a European championship, and even then it didn't register. "I hope that this kicks in soon, I'm definitely getting more excited as I think about it more".