Mark Webber says his Red Bull team has every reason to be proud despite being unable to beat Brawn in the championship.
The Australian scored his second win of the season at the Brazilian Grand Prix, but was unable to stop Jenson Button and Brawn from clinching both titles. Despite that, Webber said Red Bull had to be delighted with second place in the standings.
"It's a fantastic day for the team to win again," said Webber, "confirming second in the constructors' for us. It was not good enough to win the championship but we have done ourselves proud. I want to thank Renault because the engines were very good, and it was not an easy environment for them."
The Red Bull driver praised World Champion Button, who put on a charging performance to finish in fifth position today to clinch his first title.
"Jenson, I think, deserves the championship," Webber, who scored his second F1 win today, said. "He drove very well in the early part of the season. It was not easy to have error-free weekends. He has driven very well. Brawn had some strengths and weaknesses, but JB did a good job so I want to congratulate him."
Webber, who finished ahead of BMW's Robert Kubica, admitted he had the race under control a trickier opening stint.
"You never know in the first stint. We knew Rubens was a bit shorter and Robert was a bit shorter, and when they pitted I knew I had a good gap for the second stint. I just cleared JB in the second stint, which was good. Then I was quite comfortable, but I was a bit panicky with Robert closing in on me in the second stint. The guys said he was a bit shorter, but I was asking a few questions."