Timo Glock admitted he could do nothing to keep Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton at bay during the dramatic final lap in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
The Toyota driver was running in seventh place going into the final laps for the vital season finale when rain started to fall at the Brazilian circuit – with the six cars ahead all electing to pit to change tyres.
Glock, along with team-mate Jarno Trulli, elected to remain on dry weather tyres and that left him in fourth place, ahead of Hamilton and Vettel.
With Hamilton then losing fifth place – the position he needed to finish to secure the title – to Vettel, the focus turned to whether or not Glock could hold on around the final lap as the rain intensified but with less than quarter of a lap to go, both Vettel and Hamilton were able to sweep past to give Hamilton the crown in dramatic fashion and leave Glock with sixth place.
"I was on dry tyres at the end of the race when it was raining quite badly and it was just impossible on the last lap," Glock admitted, having lost almost 20 seconds on the final lap. "I was fighting as hard as I could but it was so difficult to just keep the car on the track and I lost positions right at the end of the lap.
"Finishing in the top six is a decent result for me because I'd been struggling with the car earlier in the weekend but we were very close to fourth place so I am a bit disappointed. It's the end of my first season with Toyota and I'm happy with it as a whole. It was not easy for me early on but we improved the car a lot and I also improved myself during the year.
"Since Hockenheim it's been positive for me; beating my target of 20 points and finishing on the podium as well is a good achievement. Now we have to work even harder for next year to make another step forward."