Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel went head-to-head with arch-rival Lewis Hamilton as both drivers aimed to secure their fifth title in 2018.
But all efforts of Vettel went in vain on Sunday at the Mexican Grand Prix as the Brit registered the championship to his name, with two races still to go.
Finishing fourth was enough for the Brit to outlast Vettel, who ended the race this weekend in second, as Hamilton led the standings building an unassailable 64-point lead over his counterpart.
The Ferrari star was probably the first outside Mercedes to congratulate Hamilton on the remarkable feat, which signified a classy gesture of sportsmanship.
Halfway through his post-race interview at the parc ferme in Mexico, Vettel informed David Coulthard [conducting the interview] to let him go to wish the new world champion well.
Speaking on the performances in the entire campaign, Vettel said: “He drove superb all year and was the better one of us two.
"I told him 'well deserved' and to enjoy it. Number five is something incredible. I asked him to keep pushing for next year and be at his best to fight him again.
“There can only be one winner and he [Hamilton] is the one who deserves it this year."
However, the 31-year-old believes the Italian outfit will improve and will be back stronger next year aiming for the highest honours.
“There are still a lot of lessons to learn, and we need to make sure we make the right conclusions. We are very talented and gifted team, we have the most support behind us, we have huge potential - of which some still needs to be unleashed,” he added.
“We are fighting very hard. But we will try to beat Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship and knock them off their throne to give them a taste for next year.”
Hamilton gave his views on Vettel’s actions post-race as well, saying: “He came over and the one thing I remember him saying is 'don't let off, I need you fighting with me next year', which I respect naturally.
“It was a true showing of sportsmanship and great respect between us. That's great to happen with multiple world champions, two competitors who have gone head-to-head.News Now - Sport News