commentator and former F1 racer Martin Brundle insists the best man secured the championship crown after Sebastian Vettel became the youngest title winner in history with victory in Abu Dhabi.
The Red Bull driver went into the season finale sitting third in the championship standings, but a dominant performance at the Yas Marina circuit was enough to give him the crown after Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber could only manage seventh and eighth.
The German secured an impressive ten pole positions over the course of the season, with Abu Dhabi being his fifth victory of the year, although there were also a series of errors and problems that prevented him wrapping up the title prior to the final round.
Having beaten Lewis Hamilton's record to become the youngest champion, Vettel was clearly an emotional figure following the race and Brundle insisted he was the right man to be champion at the end of the year.
“In the end, the best man won the title,” he wrote in his BBC Sport
column. “I said that to David Coulthard after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and he hesitated and responded that Fernando Alonso had navigated himself into the championship lead without having the fastest car. That is a very valid point but in the end we agreed that Vettel was the best driver of the season.
“His ten pole positions, his absolute race pace and his five victories are testament to his speed and skill. In fact, without the engine failure in Korea when leading, Vettel would have won the last four races. But for Alonso's sheer brilliance in out-qualifying and just beating Vettel to the flag in Singapore, indeed, it could easily have been six straight victories.
“And that is why Vettel is the world champion. The raw statistics support the fact that he was the fastest driver in the fastest car. He also has such boyish looks, never more apparent than when he was desperately trying to hold back his tears on the podium.”
Vettel was aided by Ferrari's strategy in trying to cover Vettel's team-mate Webber which left the Spaniard stuck in traffic and Brundle admitted that he been one of the key moments of the race.
“Alonso would manage only seventh, with Webber a frustrated and disappointed eighth,” he wrote. “Alonso said that this season at Ferrari has been his most enjoyable, which upset Renault with whom he won two world titles.
“Well, they certainly paid him back in the race and assisted Red Bull Renault by finishing both their cars in front of Alonso, thereby ensuring he did not get anywhere near Rosberg, who was in the fourth place Alonso needed to grab the title back from Vettel.
“As [Nico] Rosberg crossed the line in fourth place, Red Bull could finally celebrate a second championship in eight days and a most remarkable season came to a close. The gods were definitely with the young German [Vettel] in Abu Dhabi and it was a fitting podium with the previous two champions in Hamilton and Button also up there.”