As it was, Hamilton finished in first place for the 33rd time in his career to seal his successful season.
"I've been lost for words but I want to thank the fans. It's made such a difference. To my family - I love you guys. And to my team thank you. It feels even more than the first time," he said on the podium.
"It was a good start, probably the best start I'd ever had. Going into the race I had a couple of different options. If it was ahead I knew I had to race. Qualifying wasn't perfect but we got it right for the race."
Hamilton first won the title back in 2008 when driving for McLaren.