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What Lewis Hamilton said to Sebastian Vettel after winning F1 world title

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Lewis Hamilton would have hoped to finish higher than ninth in the race that secured his fourth Drivers' World Championship, but it's all irrelevant now.

Nine years on from winning his first world title and the 32-year-old has become Britain's most successful Formula 1 driver ever.

Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix started catastrophically for Hamilton when Sebastian Vettel's front wing caught his back-right tyre.

Hamilton was forced to drive at half speed until he reached the pits, meaning that when he re-emerged, he was dead last and almost a whole lap behind.

A top-five finish was needed for Hamilton to win the title if Vettel managed the top two, but because the German came fourth, ninth was good enough.

F1 fans accused Vettel of crashing into Hamilton on purpose at Turn Three to try and keep the title race alive, but he wasn't prepared to discuss the matter post-race.

Instead, Vettel was gracious in defeat and congratulated his rival for another outstanding F1 season.

"It's not that important what we have done today," said Vettel. "It's more important what Lewis has done and he's done a superb job all year round and deserves to win the title.

F1 Grand Prix of Mexico

"Congratulations to him. It's not about anybody else today. It's about him. It's his day."

Vettel's interview with Sky Sports was interrupted midway through when he saw Hamilton walking past and wanted to personally congratulate him.

It was a lovely moment and now a video has emerged revealing the kind words Hamilton said in response (see at 1:00).

NOTHING BUT RESPECT

Hamilton said: "Great job dude. Thank you man, I appreciate it. Next year, yeah? Cheers dude."

Now that's what you call respect. Hamilton is clearly already looking forward to next campaign's duel with Vettel.

Next up is the Brazilian GP followed by the season's finale in Abu Dhabi, where Hamilton will be crowned Formula 1 World Champion once again.

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