Sebastian Vettel believes staying true to himself has helped him become a Formula One great.
While Vettel stopped short of describing himself as such, the fact he has become a three-time world champion elevates him to such exalted status, with his performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix epitomising the fact.
He said: "Becoming a three-time champion it's difficult to find the right words and, correct me if I'm wrong, but there are only two guys who have done it before (in a row). You need to be in the right place at the right time, but I also believe you can create your own luck and work for what is coming up."
Vettel said: "And we are in Sao Paulo, the place where Ayrton (Senna) was born, came from and was buried, so to come here and win the championship for a third time in his place, I don't really know what to say. But what we have achieved today is not about what happened in the race, it's what I've been working for since I joined the team."
Just 15 seconds into the race Vettel found himself facing the wrong way and at the back of the field. But through drizzle, rain, a broken radio, a pit stop that went wrong, three other stops for tyres and two safety car periods at Interlagos, Vettel finally had his hands on a third title.
Only Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna have previously won three. And of those only Schumacher and Fangio won three in a row, but Vettel is the youngest to achieve such an astonishing feat, and he is still only 25.
By the chequered flag of an incident-packed race Vettel was sixth, with championship rival Fernando Alonso second in his Ferrari behind race winner Jenson Button, to take the crown by three points from the Spaniard.
"Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, but we always kept believing and we didn't get angry or frustrated with the situation," Vettel said. "When I was told over the radio it was unbelievable. Unfortunately the guys couldn't hear my answer because the radio was broken!
"But what an incredible race."
There were times when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg both led, only for the duo to collide, ensuring Hamilton's final race for McLaren before joining Mercedes next season ended in retirement.