The Briton Hamilton captured back-to-back titles and his fourth in six years with Mercedes after a maiden trophy with McLaren-Mercedes in 2008 to draw level on joint second with Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time list.
"Everything feels hopeless. Honestly, now where I am, I don't see the point of coming on Sunday, I don't see the point of doing the next two races". "I've got to relax a little".
Hamilton is already statistically the greatest qualifier in F1 history, but his pole lap here was a reminder that his talents over a single tour of a circuit are truly unparalleled.
At age 33, he can now make a run at something once previously unthinkable: The seven titles won by Germany's Michael Schumacher. "Even today, the starts have been good all weekend, the practice starts, and for the race start, it's all over the place", he said. I felt comfortable going into qualifying but I soon experienced similar issues that I had felt in FP2, the rear was locking while I was off throttle during cornering.
Red Bull had dominated qualifying to earn its first 1-2 start of the hybrid engine era.
Ricciardo, who edged out Verstappen by just 0.026 seconds, was ecstatic with the result.
Verstappen said his vehicle didn't feel right despite fast times in Saturday morning practice and the early stages of qualifying. "I'll let Gasly drive the vehicle".
"I just feel very very humble, of course I dreamed about this but I never thought I'd be standing here as a five-time champion".
As Hamilton was swamped by the news media in the aftermath of the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, his team boss Toto Wolff admitted it was a bitter-sweet afternoon.
The 33-year Briton made a superb start to the race, moving from third on the grid in his Mercedes to overtake pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo and almost forcing his way into the lead.
With Verstappen galloping into the distance, and Hamilton losing time to his rivals behind, he was the first of the leaders to stop for fresh rubber on lap 11. Vettel won all his championships with Red Bull from 2010-2013.
A white wisp of smoke expunged from the exhaust of his Renault-powered Red Bull. Additionally, Ricciardo's MGU-K failure in Monaco would have been retirement-worthy at any other track, but Monaco's narrow streets let him hold on to the win despite an approximate 210 horsepower deficit to Ferrari's Vettel. The two had a costly collision in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that knocked both cars out of the race.
"It's awesome. He can really try to become statistically the best of all-time, which is unreal, but it is a possibility, and I'm sure he's going to be motivated by that".