Mercedes-Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug was full of praise for Brawn GP following the double title success of the Brazilian Grand Prix – admitting that it was the conclusion of a 'fairytale story' for the Brackley-based team.
Fifth place for Jenson Button at Interlagos was enough to give the Briton his maiden F1 drivers' title, while Brawn also wrapped up the manufacturers' crown having needed just a single point to secure an unassailable advantage over Red Bull.
It capped the end of the a stunning season for the team, which had risked closing its doors after Honda decided to quit the sport back in December.
A deal with Ross Brawn saw the team saved and an engine deal done with Mercedes which saw the Brawn machine emerge as the quickest car in the opening stages of the season.
Making the most of the package given to him, Button won six of the opening seven races to establish a lead he would defend for the remainder of the year.
“Ten months ago these guys were in danger of having no future in Formula 1,” Haug said. “Today, they all achieved the biggest reward possible for all their hard work and effort. Well done Ross and Nick and everybody at Brawn GP – you wrote a fairytale story this season. I also would like to express my sincere compliments to all our engine people at Brixworth and Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz powered two times in a row the world champion!
“Of course, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Lewis would have liked to keep the world championship title in our camp – but I think it's fair to say that Jenson and Brawn GP are successors that fully deserve what they achieved.”
Haug also noted a number of bizarre coincidences that had occurred in the race with the 2008 season finale, when Hamilton wrapped up the title.
“Here are some unusual statistics to enjoy,” he said. “For the second year in a row, car number 22, driven by an Englishman and powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine has finished fifth in Brazil to win the world championship.
“What an amazing list of coincidences!”