Multiple Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher has paid tribute to his former Ferrari team after seeing Kimi Raikkonen secure the drivers' title with victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

The Finn, who was charged with replacing Schumacher with the Scuderia after his retirement at the end of 2006, went into the weekend in third place in the standings behind Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso but turned the tables on the McLaren pair as he led home team-mate Felipe Massa for a 1-2 finish that secured his first world title.

"What an incredible finale, what a thrilling finish!" Schumacher, now a technical advisor to Ferrari, said on his personal website. "I was so, so happy to see Kimi and Felipe leading the way across the finish line.

"I've always believed that you should never, ever give up and you should always keep fighting even when there's only a slightest chance, but that it would turn out to be true was something almost no one dared to believe. Congratulations to Kimi and all our guys - that was a super performance, and from Felipe too."

Indeed, Schumacher's only regret was that he wasn't present at Interlagos to join in the celebrations - having elected to stay at home and watch the events unfold on television.

"In retrospect, the only unfortunate part is that I wasn't there myself," he said. "I would loved to have celebrated with them all.

"But we'll make up for that as soon as possible, and I'm really looking forward to that."



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