In what will be counted as amongst the closest finishes of recent times thanks to Lewis Hamilton backing his championship rival Nico Rosberg into the third and fourth place drivers Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen respectively, the German survived the pressure to finish second behind Hamilton in first and win his maiden world title.
Twitter was all lit praising the endurance and resilience of the 2016 World Champion. Here are some of the best tweets:
Sebastian Vettel took a brave and exciting third place to finish off his disaster of a season while the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth and fifth.
Force India sealed off the fourth place in constructors after finishing 7th and 8th for Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez respectively. Felipe Massa ended his final world championship on a high finishing 9th and Fernando Alonso finished 10th.
Jenson Button, racing his final grand prix had the worst of lucks and had to retire after jumping his car over the kerbs and breaking something with the suspension.