Lewis Hamilton has admitted that winning his fourth world championship title while finishing in a lowly ninth place at the Mexican Grand Prix has left him with mixed emotions.
Hamilton collided with his Ferrari rival and did not recover sufficiently to collect the top-five finish required, instead earning his latest title success by virtue of Vettel also falling short.
Speaking to Sky Sports News after the race, Hamilton said: "It was a horrible way to do it but what can I do? I said I wasn't going to take it easy at turn one.
"I placed the car in the perfect position and left a lot of space for the car behind. I kept coming back. I want to say a big thank you to everyone back at Brixworth and Brackley.
"Being 40 seconds behind is like being in no man's land. I was just thinking about catching. The feelings are so mixed right now. I am really happy with this fourth title.
"I have to take time to think. I am proud of the [British] flag and everyone who represents it. I will continue to raise it as high as I can."
Hamilton is now officially Britain's most successful Formula 1 driver ever, overtaking Sir Jackie Stewart with his fourth crown.