"And then the backmarkers came into play, finally. How many times has it happened to me when I got caught out? But this time, it worked out and I knew that was going to be the lap," he continued. "I turned the engine up to maximise the revs and went for the inside, but he defended. So, I went to the outside and he closed the door a bit so I was very lucky."
Hamilton said that it had been "really special" to have had such an epic battle with the reigning world champion at Texas. He went on to praise the "amazing" fans that had turned out in high numbers at the new Circuit of the Americas for the race.
Hamilton had very much wanted to get at least one more win with McLaren before he departs the team at the end of the season for a new challenge of Mercedes. Now he's done that, he'd rather like to do it all over again and have another farewell party at Interlagos to cap his time at Woking with a double-header.
"To finish on a high is really special," he said. "Hopefully we can go to Brazil with the same pace."