Sebastian Vettel celebrated his third consecutive world championship in the pitlane with his team, then on the start/finish straight with the fans at Interlagos.
The German eventually made his way to face the world's media in his own press conference, which was hastily-arranged as he was not one of the top three finishers.
Q. Has your achievement sunk in yet?
Sebastian Vettel: No. I haven't had any time for myself really yet, it is very difficult to find the right words especially after the race today -- what could go wrong went wrong. But we always kept believing, instead of getting angry or frustrated, imagine you are the wrong way around at Turn 4; it looked like I had a lot of cars coming then I went off brake as everyone went in my direction so to join them I tried to go down hill and avoid cars going backwards.
We kept car damage to the limit, we saw in dry conditions the pace was not there and we were slow down straight which made it easy for others to pass us and difficult for us to pass someone. Then we then lost the radio, did a pit stop at the wrong time, got dry tires then it rained, then the inters were not ready as I didn't have radio, then we got caught up in the wet conditions.
Fortunately the pace was there - you could make up for the loss of car pace by driving different lines and doing something different to others, then to limp home under safety car - obviously at that moment I didn't know if it was enough. I was told a couple of laps before it was fine then I saw the crash of Nico [Hulkenberg]/[Lewis] Hamilton and I knew Fernando was ahead and I know they were ahead of him so I didn't know, then to get told was unbelievable but the guys couldn't hear my answer as the radio was broken.
I am still full of adrenaline, it was an incredible race today, harder for us, not just the others, the circumstances with the damage on the car, losing radio in these conditions when communications is so crucial, stopping early, not having tires ready. You guys had your show and we had to really fight until the end.
Q. What does it mean to be the youngest triple world champion?
SV: It is difficult to find the right words. I think there are two guys who have done that before, obviously you need be in the right place at the right time, but I also believe that you can create your own luck and work for what is coming up. I think one of the great things about F1 is that you can compare your time, your era to 10/20/30/40 years ago.
Times have changed but they will keep changing because that is what we do, if you look around world there are lots of things that have changes around the world, in everyday life...I don't know what to say.
We are in Sao Paulo here, where Ayrton Senna was born and came from and the place where he was buried and to come here and win for the third time the championship I don't really know what to say.
I have to say a big thanks to everyone in the team - for you this sounds like a standard phrase and sometimes we get criticised for bringing out standard phrases, I feel like one of the guys at the team. I don't feel more important or less important and I drive the car. What we achieved today was what we have been working for since I joined the team; it is a massive amount of work getting done through the whole year.
Tomorrow the season is over and the guys are flat out on the RB9 and next year. You cannot afford to lift and obviously I think I am in a very, very fortunate position compared to many guys in the team but you don't do this job -- there might be some, but all the guys in the garage and I know in the factory - you don't do this job because you care what is written on cheque at the end of the month, you do this job because you love motorsport, F1.
I said to the guys yesterday, am I nervous? I said yes, otherwise what I am doing here. If not why I am here? I am nervous every time so we are in groove, when lights go off we are sharp and we are there. Today we had many occasions where you need to be present otherwise it goes wrong.
We were present all the time, we remained ourselves through the whole year, even if people did some things that we would never consider to do - it is not in our hands to write and comment so much - we have to make sure we do our own homework.
I said many times, sometimes people scream for Alonso, Rosberg, Schumacher -- that is not the point, you are one of them and it is a privilege to race in front of a huge crowd. And having the chance we have had today makes it more enjoyable, many times in these kind of situations, it is so easy to lose focus.
We have won 2010, 2011 and we had a very smart guy who was telling me the hardest thing was winning after winning, you get the attention and you get the pressure, you focus on how to win again rather than small steps. That is why I try to remember myself, it is another day and another race, make sure we enjoy and it is fine.