Sao Paulo: Mark Webber believes his win in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix will be a "good tonic" for him to return stronger in the 2012 Formula One world championship. (Agencies)
The 35-year-old Australian was overshadowed by Red Bull team-mate, and double world champion, Sebastian Vettel this year - Vettel enjoying 11 wins and 15 poles on his way to a second title.
But Webber said: "I think I will have a stronger season than this year. I started off poorly for different reasons, but we will look at all areas to get to the highest level. When the bar is at the highest level I don't just look at Seb.” he said
"There is Jenson (Button), Fernando (Alonso), these guys are on the top pace. It is a good tonic for me this race. It's good to sign off like this. I'm looking forward to learning how to surf over the winter, backing off, recharging a bit and then coming back stronger." he added.
Webber took the lead after 30 laps when Vettel was hit by gearbox problems, but the Australian said he was taking the win -- having bit hit by bad luck himself in the past.
"I felt good all weekend, to be honest. Seb did a great lap for pole. It would have been nice to race Seb all the way through, but he had a problem.
"It is a win I will take because I had enough bad luck. It is how motor sport goes. It is an important win for me and the team to win on a high.
"I want to dedicate this win to a close friend of mine and his family, Bob Woods, who is ill at the moment, so this win is for him."
After winning, Webber finished third in the championship behind McLaren's Jenson Button.
Vettel said: "I had a good feeling and was able to pull a gap at the beginning, but then I had the call to manage a gearbox problem, turn down engine and short shift.
"It was getting worse so I was using higher gears everywhere. But I don't really call this bad luck. Surely, if something like this happens, it is not in your hands.
"In the end, we had a pretty amazing season and I think it would be over the top being upset now.
"I think we take this second place and the one-two finish for the team, which is great. It has been a phenomenal year and a very strong finish now as well. Sure, I would have loved to win the race in the normal way today, but nevertheless we had a great season. It's a year to be proud of.”
Sao Paulo: Mark Webber believes his win in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix will be a "good tonic" for him to return stronger in the 2012 Formula One world championship.