Sebastian Vettel admitted he was almost speechless after wrapping up his fourth F1 title with victory in the Indian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver dominated the race at the Buddh International Circuit to secure a sixth successive victory, allowing him to become only the third driver in history to lift four consecutive championship titles.
His success also allowed Red Bull to wrap up the Constructors' title and the German admitted that he could barely take in what he had achieved.
“I'm speechless,” he said. “When I crossed the line I was empty. I spent ages thinking about what I wanted to say as there is so much you want to say at a time like this.
“It's a pleasure to jump in the car and go out and drive for these guys and give it all I have. The car was phenomenal today and has been phenomenal all season. I couldn't have asked for more.”
Unlike a number of occasions earlier in the season, Vettel was given a rapturous reception on the podium by the Indian fans and he admitted he was particularly rewarding to have taken the title giving some of the booing he had faced earlier on the year.
“I want to thank the crowd for an unbelievable reception,” he said. “I also want to say a big thank you to everyone who is behind the team as it has not been an easy season.
“From the outside people will think it was easy but it wasn't. It has been hard for me in particular, to be booed when I have not done anything wrong was hard but I think I answered the things on the track which I am very pleased about."
Vettel also revealed that his decision to celebrate with a series of donuts on the start-finish straight hadn't been pre-planned and was very much a spur of the moment decision.
"Rocky my engineer called for the usual procedure and I thought 'not this time',” he said. "There are so many people in the main grandstand, I had to do it.
"Usually we are not allowed to but it felt so right."