"You know, honestly, now where I am, I don't see the point of coming on Sunday". "I've got to relax a little".
Daniel Ricciardo was left feeling "helpless" and keen to hand over his "cursed" Red Bull Formula 1 vehicle to Pierre Gasly after another mechanical problem robbed him of a podium in Mexico.
So it was Verstappen on top of the podium, the Ferraris behind him - but Hamilton in fourth place got the title he wanted.
"It wasn't won here, just throughout the season and a lot of hard work", said Hamilton after doing smoking "donuts" at the finish of an unusual race without a Mercedes driver on the podium.
However, a stunning race unfolded that will likely be this season's signature event as Hamilton charged through the field as rain played havoc at Hockenheim. I felt comfortable going into qualifying but I soon experienced similar issues that I had felt in FP2, the rear was locking while I was off throttle during cornering.
The 1-2 start will be the first for Red Bull since the start of the hybrid engine era in 2014.
But Verstappen kept ahead and slowly pulled away from Hamilton and his other challengers to secure the fifth victory of the burgeoning F1 career for the 21-year-old Dutch prodigy.
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Ricciardo, who edged out Verstappen by just 0.026 seconds, was ecstatic with the result.
"Right now, it just doesn't feel real", Hamilton said.
"I felt like I couldn't push the vehicle to its limit", Verstappen said.
"I just feel very very humble, of course I dreamed about this but I never thought I'd be standing here as a five-time champion".
The team came to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez expecting to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari for the win in the high altitude of Mexico City.
Verstappen went on to dominate the race from the front while Ricciardo retired with a hydraulics failure as he was running in second place with ten laps remaining.
For Fernando Alonso his final flying lap was particularly important - the Spaniard had had his first time deleted by the stewards for exceeding track limits, which he blamed on his McLaren team for sending him out too close behind teammate Stoffel Vandoorne. He almost found it when he saw a gap between the Red Bulls and tried to take it.
Next season, however, Verstappen is optimistic the team will have a better chance of success with Honda engines as they prepare to split from Renault.
But the 21-year-old endured no such problem in the closing laps of a race he led for the most part, having built up a cushion of nearly 15 seconds over Vettel.