Lewis Hamilton said he was "massively proud" following his United States Grand Prix victory in Austin, Texas.

After suffering mechanical issues in Singapore and Abu Dhabi where he had qualified on pole and led the majority of the race, Hamilton finally emerged victorious in his penultimate race for McLaren.

Ordinarily, when Vettel emerges from the first corner with the lead he goes on to take the chequered flag, but not on this occasion.

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Hamilton embraces the Texas setting

Instead, after Hamilton passed Mark Webber on lap six, the 27-year-old reeled in the lead Red Bull before making his decisive move on lap 42, going on to take the 21st win of his career.

"I nearly lost my voice because I was screaming so much on the in-lap - not cool at all," said Hamilton.

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  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium alongside second placed Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing following the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton (L) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme alongside second placed Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Red Bull Racing following the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium alongside second placed Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing following the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. At right is third place finisher Ferrai driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and left is second place finisher Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with his Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes sprays champagne on fans after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. At left is third place finisher Ferrai driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and second place finisher Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with team members in the pits after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. A bold passing maneuver at the end of a long straightway slipped Hamilton past Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull Racing allowing Hamilton on to win the US Grand Prix in the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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    Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (R) of Britain sprays champagne on Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Vettel took second place. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes sprays champagne on fans after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates in the pits after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. A bold passing maneuver at the end of a long straightway slipped Hamilton past Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull Racing allowing Hamilton on to win the US Grand Prix in the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with his Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with his Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium alongside second placed Sebastian Vettel (C) of Germany and Red Bull Racing and his Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh (L) following the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton (L) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with third placed Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain and Ferrari following the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton (2nd right) of Great Britain and McLaren appears on the podium with second placed Sebastian Vettel (left) of Germany and Red Bull Racing, third placed Fernando Alonso (right) of Spain and Ferrari and former F1 World Champion Mario Andretti (2nd left) following the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates in parc ferme after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Racing Legend Mario Andretti (2nd L) poses with Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (2nd R) on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. At right is third place finisher Ferrai driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and left is second place finisher Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton (L) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with third placed Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain and Ferrari following the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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    Racing legend Mario Andretti shakes hands with Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on the podium after Hamilton won the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (R) of Britain sprays champagne after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. A bold passing maneuver at the end of a long straightway slipped Hamilton past Sebastian Vettel (L) of Team Red Bull Racing allowing Hamilton on to win the US Grand Prix in the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Lewis Hamilton (C) of Britain drinks champagne after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas, with Germany's Sebastian Vettel (L) ofRed Bull Racing and Spain's Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari. A bold passing maneuver at the end of a long straightway slipped Hamilton past Vettel allowing Hamilton to win the US Grand Prix in the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Racing Legend Mario Andretti (2nd L) poses with Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (2nd R) on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. At right is third place finisher Ferrai driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and left is second place finisher Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of USA

    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates on the podium with his Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • AUTO-PRIX-F1

    Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain on his way to winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)