Hamilton could only post the fifth fastest time in FP1, one spot ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo leading the way. However, that was more than enough to re-write the record books and Hamilton now equals with Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio in terms of championships.
"I told him it was well deserved and to enjoy it".
"He has really been the dominant driver this year", said the Austrian.
"Number five is something incredible, congratulated him and asked him to keep pushing for next year, I need him at his best to keep fighting again".
Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 champion, said that he felt the way in which Hamilton had succeeded throughout his career put him way "miles" clear of Schumacher in the evaluation of the greats.
Reds defender Dejan Lovren insists he "does not deserve the hate"
Liverpool face Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, before travelling to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. Lovren has faced tough competition for a place in Jurgen Klopp's side since returning from injury.
"I have been at Mercedes since I was 13 so to complete the title, and Fangio won two championships with Mercedes, is an incredible feeling". I've still got to get back to the factory and rally the troops to figure out how we can come back and win these next races. Verstappen is the defending race champion and dominated the three rounds of practice.
Bold, determined and individual, he nearly won the title in his first record-breaking season as he reeled off nine successive podiums from his debut in Melbourne, rocking the establishment along the way with his speed and his style.
Asked how he meant to celebrate his triumph, Hamilton replied: "It is going to sound really boring, but I just feel content and really happy, so I am looking forward to going to sleep".
"In my mind I have to work, go to the debrief and try to win in Brazil".
When he is out of his race auto he spends time promoting his clothing line.
"He drove superbly all year, and he was the better one of us two", the 31-year-old German, whose challenge has been littered with mistakes, said.
"Three times in my life now I had that sort of disappointment in one day, when you realise you can not win the championship anymore, and those are not happy days".
"It's a fantastic title and I'm so happy for Lewis and the team", he said. "I got a great start and really was working my way up, then I really don't know what happened after that".