By Jamie O'Leary and Jonathan Noble
Ross Brawn "deserves a medal" for guiding Jenson Button to the Formula 1 world title at the Brazilian Grand Prix, according to the newly-crowned Briton.
Button was crowned champion with fifth place while his Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel could not manage the podium positions they needed to take the title fight down to the final round in Abu Dhabi.
With Brawn also becoming the first team to win the constructors' world title in its maiden season, Button paid tribute to his boss.
"This team would not exist if Ross was not here," said Button. "The car has his name on the side of the car, and that is a lot pressure on a person. So for him to win today both the constructors and the drivers championship is exceptional.
"The guy deserves a medal. He has won many world championships and he has also seen tough seasons. He has been in every situation, he knows that normally winning the world championship is not easy and you have many dark days. He has been helpful. I don't think anyone could have done it without him."
Button, who has won six races so far this year, paid tribute to the rest of the Brawn team, which didn't even exist until a month before the season-opener in Australia.
He believes that winning both world titles after the uncertainties over the sale of the Honda team during the winter, has made this year's season the best in F1 history.
"This team has done staggeringly well, what this team achieved this season after the winter we had is exceptional. I don't really think there has been a season like it in Formula 1," he added.