Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen finished second to cement third place in the championship, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc third on track but in danger of disqualification for a fuel irregularity.
"I am so proud to be in a period of time when there are such great youngsters coming through".
He said: "I don't think there's much to explain -there has been a discrepancy between measurements".
But none of them got close to launching a serious challenge for Hamilton's crown.
"Even though we had the championship won, I just really wanted to keep my head down and see if we could learn and extract more from this handsome vehicle that's a piece of art", said Hamilton.
"I tried to see if we can learn with this lovely auto, it is a piece of art".
The team's declaration was therefore inaccurate and constituted a breach of the technical directive, which in turn constitutes an infringement of Article 12.1.1.i of the International Sporting Code. So, thank you, and I'll take it. Thank you for watching and supporting.
"But I think for many, many years, I've never, ever sat down and considered other options, because we've been just driving straight ahead into the path that we've been on and the journey that we've been on". "It's going to be hard, I'm not going to lie; but we'll try everything we can as a team and we'll see where we end up".
The Finn, whose chances of a strong result were dashed before the weekend started when he needed an engine change, said after qualifying that he had started feeling worse since he landed in Abu Dhabi.
"To be P3 in the Championship was a nice ending". Of course from a personal level, we both want to know what the other one does.
And Leclerc said: "I'm extremely happy about this year. It's all talk, but it's nice that, finally, it's taken all these years for them to recognise me, but I'm grateful".