Mark Webber put aside past differences to heap praise on record-breaking teammate Seb Vettel after he sealed a third consecutive World Championship Drivers’ title in Brazil.
Aston Clinton racer Webber actually finished two places ahead of the German, with whom he has shared a successful and business-like relationship, in fourth at Interlagos.
But the Aussie, who said he could not wait to get some rest in the close season, was full of superlatives for Vettel afterwards.
“For Sebastian, it was a great effort,” Webber said.
“He has joined a pretty decent club now (Vettel is one of a select few drivers to win three consecutive F1 drivers’ titles and the youngest ever champion, double champion and triple champion in the history of the sport) and has even set his own some ways, the youngest ever world Champion and now a triple world champion – you’ve got to take your hat off to him.
“It would have been nice to finish on the podium, but fourth wasn’t too bad when you consider I was in 14th after I’d been hit by (Kamui) Kobayashi.
“The season has gone fast, there have been a lot of different winners, some ups and downs, a lot of crashes and a couple of nice wins for myself.
“If you’re looking for highlights, my wins were special and the Indian Grand Prix was a pretty handy drive as well.
“I don’t think my pace has been reflected by the number of points I’ve scored this year.
“I’ll now go away, have a break and come back stronger in 2013 – which starts in just 111 days!”
There is no rest for the wicked, though, as Webber jets off to Tasmania for the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge this week.
“On Thursday night I’ll be in the wilderness in Tasmania,” Webber said.
“And I can’t wait!”