• Brazilian Grand Prix

Whitmarsh congratulates Red Bull on title

ESPNF1 Staff
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Martin Whitmarsh has enjoyed a close battle with rival Christian Horner © Getty Images

Although they may have been bitter rivals for the majority of the 2010 season, there is a deep respect between McLaren and Red Bull according to Martin Whitmarsh.

The McLaren boss has, at times, openly questioned the legality of some of his rival's innovations but he was one of the first to congratulate Red Bull on winning its first constructors' title in Brazil on Sunday.

"The battle for the constructors' world championship came to a finish today - and the victors were Red Bull Racing," said Whitmarsh on Sunday. "Although in some ways it goes against the grain for me to say so, because our ethos at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is that winning is all, it's always refreshing when a new constructor's name is etched onto that famous trophy. So, on behalf of all at Woking, I'd like to offer congratulations to all at Milton Keynes."

Whitmarsh also paid tribute to a gallant title defence from Jenson Button after his championship hopes ended at the same venue where he won the title in 2009.

"Jenson lost the chance of retaining his drivers' world championship this afternoon, but he's been a superb team player all year and has made a great start to his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes career. He's already looking forward to doing better still in 2011.

"Lewis, by contrast, is one of four drivers who are still in contention for this year's drivers' world championship - and, although he faces a very tough task in order to prevail, he'll definitely be giving it everything he's got in Abu Dhabi in his efforts to become world champion for the second time in his career. Good fortune will have to play its part, and nothing short of a win will suffice, but it's by no means impossible."