By Jonathan Noble
Michael Schumacher says he has total respect for the way that Jenson Button and Ross Brawn won the world championships this year.
Although the German would have preferred the title fight to go all the way to the last race of the season, Schumacher thinks that the championship was totally deserved.
"The fight for the world championship titles is over already one race prior to the finale," wrote Schumacher on his website.
"As a fan of F1 I would have wished for a decision at the last race obviously, but on the other side I know from my own experience that being involved you have a different view on that.
"Congratulations to Jenson and Ross and the whole team - what they managed to achieve this year has my full respect.
"I grant them the titles because if you only look at what they have been through you realise what an incredible story this is: just one year ago they did think everything is over. I am extremely happy for Ross who I know since such a long time now, he deserves this success."
Schumacher also thinks that Button's title rival Sebastian Vettel will remain a potent force in the future - despite seeing his championship ambitions end in Brazil.
"What a pity obviously for Sebastian, but he still has a lot of time. He had a fantastic "season and showed that he has everything to become world champion. He must not forget that with all the disappointment now.
"Of course he will see that differently at the moment and will need some days to digest this weekend. But I am sure we will see and hear a lot of good stuff from him in the future."