With only a week left till the 2017 season in Formula One comes to an end at Abu Dhabi, it has been an enticing season to say the least, for the teams, drivers as well as viewers across the globe.
Several twists and turns throughout the campaign saw Mercedes and Ferrari aces Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel showcasing impressive performances, frequently going bumper-to-bumper in order to secure the drivers' championship.
However, it was Hamilton who ultimately reigned supreme as he confirmed his fourth world title last month in Mexico, with an unassailable lead over his rival in the Scuderia car.
Both drivers have had their differences over the course of the campaign and the fierce rivalry also saw them coming to loggerheads once or twice on track.
Recently, speaking to CNN’s The Circuit, Hamilton discussed his latest career triumph and revealed that he thought his greater mental strength gave him the edge in the title race.
“The mental side of things was the key to this year," the Brit said, per The Express.
“That really is the case for a lot of top athletes competing.
“It’s the smallest thing, we’re talking about small percentages. I think that’s really, for me, been the biggest difference between us.”
The duo left their rivalry on the circuit as Vettel was pictured congratulating Hamilton during the post-race interview in the Mexican GP.
Furthermore, the Brit also admitted to warning Vettel after his antics at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the German appeared to drive into Hamilton behind the safety car.
“When I spoke to him later, I was like ‘that’s a sign of disrespect, so don’t ever disrespect me like that again otherwise then we will have problems’,” he added.
“I’ve never done that to someone.
“I don’t even know what he was thinking to have done... I've never been in a position like that.
“I guess people react differently under certain pressures.”
Hamilton asserted that despite already securing the drivers’ championship, he will be aiming to finish the phenomenal year with a win at the Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.
Teams have already begun preparations for next season and Ferrari are hopeful of reclaiming their lost glory, with Mercedes comprehensively dominating their counterparts in recent years.