That appeared to have have happened nearly immediately as Verstappen hit out and pushed Ocon in the FIA garage as they lined up to be weighed after the race. "This is what everyone worked for, for the whole year", the ecstatic 33-year-old said as the celebrations started with one race to go.
Asked about his collision with Ocon, Verstappen replied: 'We did everything today. The first lap I was a lot faster, the second lap I was a lot faster.
Race victor Hamilton said: "I saw it happen and it wasn't something I was surprised by".
With Hamilton's fifth drivers' title clinched in Mexico, Mercedes have now equalled Ferrari's record of five consecutive drivers' and constructors' championship doubles the Scuderia scored with Michael Schumacher between 2000 and 2004.
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Ocon went on to finish in 15th position, having been handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty and three points on his license by the stewards.
The result ended Ferrari's hopes of stopping Mercedes' title triumph, brought Hamilton his tenth win of the year and 72nd of his career.
The final race of the season is at Abu Dhabi on November 25.
Raikkonen was eventually able to break free from his compatriot, but Vettel endured a miserable day as Bottas' disciplined drive helped Mercedes complete the double.
"I don't know what to say", he added later.
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Al lugar de la diputada se acercaron Mario Delgado, Dolores Padierna, Pablo Gómez , entre otros integrantes de la bancada de Morena .
He did make up the gap to Hamilton and came back to 1.5 seconds but ran out of laps to overtake him.
Charles Leclerc finished seventh for Sauber ahead of the two Haas cars driven by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen with Sergio Perez 10th for Force India.
For Hamilton however the win was all as he and the team rightly celebrated.
That lifted him clear of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by nearly one-tenth of a second, with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who took pole a year ago, third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari. Verstappen had been building his lead over Hamilton, who was using medium tires as he waited for rain that never came in Sao Paulo.
All this left Hamilton 4.2 seconds ahead of Verstappen, whose vehicle suffered a damaged floor, while Bottas and Vettel made second stops to set up a slithering conclusion with the Englishman resisting to the flag.
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