Hamilton emerged the victor, with Vettel crossing the line 3.4 seconds back.
"It was the rawest fight I can remember having for some time", said Hamilton. "This is why I race and this is what got me into racing in the beginning".
The early action changed the complexion of the race, with the Ferrari of Vettel setting a searing pace. This is what made me get into racing in the first place, and this is what the sport needs to be like every single weekend.
"To have those close battles with him, a four-time champion is awesome".
Hamilton won despite suffering another poor getaway.
"I think I got the maximum out of the auto today and moving on to Monaco we will have a few more updates, which will hopefully give us another step, and at that track it's fair to say anything can happen".
"He was so fast out in front and it was such a push to keep in touch with him and not let him pull away. My neck is fine, but I lost almost two kilos out there today and I was really straining to keep up with Seb", Hamilton added.
"A lot of the races that we do with the type of racing that we sometimes have to do, where you're saving fuel, like in the last race for example [in Russia], I couldn't push because the auto was overheating".
When Vettel replied: "I thought I gave you space too..."
With the win, Hamilton cuts into Vettel's lead in the drivers standings. I got a bit fortunate with Valtteri's problem towards the end of the race which bumped me up to third, but of course I'm still happy to be up there again and see all the smiles from the team.
Hamilton, who has spent the last three seasons fighting team-mate Nico Rosberg for the title, said fighting a driver in a rival team and a good relationship with team-mate Valtteri Bottas is making this championship fight one of his best.
Pole-sitter Hamilton lost the lead to Vettel at the start only to regain the lead from the Ferrari driver in the final stages of a compelling race to seal his second victory of the year. "This morning (Saturday) we couldn't do what we wanted to".
"Then today we had an engine failure in the race". The most important thing is that we were there.
"That's why we race".
"It is a real privilege to race against someone as good as him".
"It was aggressive but I was able to remain in the fight fortunately and I avoided a collision ultimately". People have been asking me if Lewis is now back.
It meant that Hamilton would be on the quicker tyre after the second round of pit stops, allowing him to attack.
Peter Bosz agreed with Klassen's comments - claiming both sides played their part in making the showpiece a boring affair. Neville, who played 389 times for the Red Devils between 1995 and 2005, said they had "done the city proud".
Finishing beneath champions league qualification in the premier league, the Europa League final was a must win for the red devils. We win a title, an important title, that closes the lot - we have now won every (European) title in world football".
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