Rubens Barrichello praised an amazing year for the Brawn GP team despite seeing his hopes of securing the F1 drivers' title come to an end on home soil at Interlagos.
Barrichello went into the Brazilian Grand Prix trailing team-mate Jenson Button by 14 points in the standings, but qualified on pole with Button down in 14th place.
However, despite leading the race through the early stages, Barrichello endured a troubled run on home soil as he lost vital time following his first pitstop and then suffered a puncture late on which dropped him down to eighth place.
With Button taking fifth place, Barrichello's hopes of lifting the crown came to an end while he also faces challenge to secure second in the standings after dropping to two points behind Sebastian Vettel going into the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
The F1 veteran however was quick to put his own disappointment to one side to join in the celebrations as Brawn GP successfully wrapped up the constructors' crown and he admitted the team could be rightly proud of the way in which it had risen from ashes of the Honda team to take both titles.
“Whilst I am obviously disappointed with the result today, I have to be pleased with our year at Brawn GP,” he said. “We really have a great car and a great team and it has truly been an amazing year when you consider the situation that we were in just before the start of the season.
“I'm truly pleased for Jenson as a friend and he is a great champion. We have a fantastic relationship working together and that has really shown through this year. Well done to him. It was a true fight and I fought really hard but he really won it in the first half of the season.
“The team have been superb this year and they thoroughly deserve to win both the constructors' and drivers' championships today. We're going to have a great night together and I'm pleased to have played my part in securing the constructors' title for the team.”