In an unheard radio rant, Lewis Hamilton blasts Formula One for "manipulating" the results.
In a largely unheard radio message to his team, Lewis Hamilton was heard fuming that he had "been manipulated."
The British driver was beaten to the Formula One title by Max Verstappen in a highly contentious race.
Despite Hamilton's feelings, Mercedes is considering dropping the appeal, according to the Telegraph.
"This has been manipulated, man," Hamilton is overheard saying.
The comments were not broadcast on the public feed, but were heard on Hamilton's onboard channel on F1 TV, where he was praised for his cool demeanor in the aftermath of the loss, congratulating the Dutchman.
He was seen spraying champagne on his opponent and refusing to speak to reporters about the outcome.
However, his radio message unmistakably reveals his true feelings about the race.
Mercedes attempted to appeal the race results to the stewards but was unsuccessful.
It denied Hamilton, who was omitted from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Monday, a record-tying eighth championship.
The deployment of a safety car, which allowed Verstappen to pit for new tyres, has sparked controversy.
Soon after, the Red Bull driver surged ahead of his opponent, erupting in wild celebrations.
Verstappen passed Hamilton, prompting Hamilton's remark.
"It was obviously made to be a fight, it was for the TV, it was for the result," Lando Norris said. "Whether or not it was fair is not up to me to decide."
On Wednesday, Lewis Hamilton will be knighted, just days after missing out on a record-setting eighth Formula One world championship.
Sir Lewis, 36, will be honoured for his contributions to motorsports at an investiture at Windsor Castle.
"First and foremost, congratulations to Max and his team," Hamilton said moments after losing the race.
"I believe we did an outstanding job this year."
My team, everyone at the factory, has put in so much effort this year; it's been the most trying of seasons.
I'm incredibly proud of them, and I'm honored to be a part of their journey.
"In the final stretch of the season, we gave it everything we had and never gave up."
"It's unbelievable," Verstappen added.
I kept fighting throughout the race, and then there was an opportunity in the final lap, which was incredible.
"I'm at a loss for words."
Finally, good luck to me, and a special thank you to Checo, who has been a fantastic teammate.
"I love my team, and I hope we can work together for 10, 15, years."
"I never want to change."
"If they will have me, I want to stay with them for the rest of my life."
When we first got together, our goal was to win this championship, which we have now accomplished."