A jubilant Max Verstappen is already looking forward to issuing Lewis Hamilton a proper challenge in 2019, after his dominant victory of the Mexico Grand Prix was overshadowed by the Brit clinching his fifth world championship title, and second in succession.
The Mercedes driver, who equalled the five titles of late 1950's Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio with only seven times champion Michael Schumacher ahead of them, finished fourth while Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel took second place.
Hamilton, who needed to finish only seventh at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to beat Sebastian Vettel to the title with two rounds to spare, spent much of the race at odds with his Mercedes team as he struggled for pace.
Hamilton was asked how it felt to match former Mercedes driver Fangio's achievements and claimed it was special to do so with the same team. "I need him to be at his best to fight him again".
"I never knew that was going to happen and I am just so grateful to everyone who has helped me be here".
"It's a very unusual feeling right now", Hamilton said as he got out of his auto and celebrated.More news: Tottenham boss Pochettino hails 2-goal Son after Cup triumph
"Number five is something incredible".
"In our mind, that plays a big role but we should be happy about the championship".
And with Kimi Raikkonen still faring well for Ferrari at the age of 39 having won in the United States earlier this month, there is confidence that Hamilton still has multiple years left at the front of the grid - particularly given he remains at the peak of his powers.
"The race itself today was pretty disgusting", said Hamilton.
With the championship in hand, Hamilton can cruise in the next two races.More news: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: 3 things we learned
I still have work to do.
At 33, Hamilton still has plenty of time to eclipse Schumacher's record - providing he can remain in a competitive vehicle - and Trulli expects the Mercedes man to set a new benchmark.
"You reflect on not one moment but the whole year, the work that goes in, the effort that goes in from the end of last year until now, we had our chances, we used a lot of them, maybe some we did not, but in the end, we were not good enough".
"When I'm on the podium I look back and see the Union Jack and I'm very proud to raise that flag". "I got a great start and was really working my way up, but then we were really struggling with the tyres, both Valtteri and I".
The Briton was somewhat reserved in his post-race celebrations, but said this was because he couldn't wrap his head around becoming a five-time world champion.More news: China Exports Its Restrictive Internet Policies to some Countries