Lewis Hamilton accepts he is more likely to lose the Formula One title than win it, even if he is giving it his best shot, but failure will hurt less than in 2007 when he missed out by a single point. Only Michael Schumacher, the seven-time champion, has tasted more victories in the sport's long history than the man from Stevenage.
"It has all happened so quickly and it doesn't feel very real".
"It is quite an honour to be up there".
The pole-to-flag victory was the triple world champion's eighth of the season and put him level with France's Alain Prost in the all-time lists of winners.
If Rosberg wins in Sao Paulo, the German will become champion regardless of where Hamilton finishes.
In 2014, Hamilton clinched his second world title with a routine triumph in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Rosberg enduring mechanical problems to finish 14th. "Lewis was quicker so he deserves the win, and for me, second place was the best I could do".
Over the next dozens laps, Lewis Hamilton strengthened his lead over Rosberg and looked to be a clear victor.
Vettel was called to explain himself to race stewards after a fight with Ricciardo at turn four which resulted in the pair banging wheels but with the German ending up just in front.
"I had 500 degrees in the left front, and 150 to 200 in the right front".
Up until those flashpoints, the race at the front had been uneventful, with Hamilton maintaining the lead as Rosberg tried to keep a safe gap in second.
This promoted Red Bull's other driver Daniel Ricciardo to third place, with Verstappen classifying in fourth place and Vettel in fifth.
The Red Bull drivers were both in the points, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing seventh, while Sergio Perez took tenth.
"I think he was going well off the track and he was far, far from making turn 1 and 2". "Last year I was right behind Nico and it didn't make hardly any difference, but the tow effect is still there and that's why I want a good start".
Team-mate Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished third and fourth respectively, were given penalties after the race, and Ricciardo was given the final spot on the podium. I could barely see the end of each straight with the vibrations and I genuinely didn't know if my suspension was going to last.
Vettel's attempt to block Ricciardo came as he was fuming about Verstappen's corner cutting, and the Dutchman suggested he needed to "go back to school". As I saw it Max wasn't like turning the steering to squeeze him wide, he was just sliding.
Hamilton turned in a crushing display in Mexico on Sunday to claim his second victory in a week, but the title remains in Nico Rosberg's control after he finished second.