Mark Webber paid tribute to team-mate Sebastian Vettel, following the German's world championship-winning victory in Abu Dhabi.
The Australian and his fellow Red Bull driver were in the fight for the title, along with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, until the final race of the season. But Webber lost out by finishing just eighth on Sunday.
Webber praised Vettel's performance as both drivers pushed each other on during the season.
"I've got to take my hat off to Sebastian because he's done a good job this year," Webber said on his official website. "We've had our ups and downs, but we've pushed each other and it's always rewarding to get out of bed to do that.
"It's amazing to think that the only time he led the championship was after the last race, but that's the only time it matters. Well done to him."
Webber admitted his own frustration at losing out at the last race, but believes he will come back an improved driver in 2011.
"I'm very disappointed by what happened on Sunday evening, I aimed for the biggest target in motorsport and it didn't work out," he said.
"I'm reminded of that great adage - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Well, I'm still alive and I'm sure I'll bounce back from this season a better driver.
"Right now though, I need a good break. The gas has been wide open since the third week in January and it's been a long season. There's been a lot of travel, a lot of emotion and a lot of effort. It's time for some time out."