Max Verstappen is confident his relationship with Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo would not be hampered if they were title rivals.
The 20-year-old Dutch driver claimed three Formula 1 race wins in 2017 - the same as Ricciardo - but he finished just 32 points behind the Australian in sixth place in the drivers standings.
Mercedes retained their Constructors' Championship crown with driver Lewis Hamilton again winning the individual title, while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, sandwiched between Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonne respectively.
There is a hope that Red Bull can now push on and battle it out for honours in 2018 and if that materialises, Verstappen feels the good relationship he has with Ricciardo will not suffer.
"We have a lot of respect for each other and frankly, in my racing career so far, I've never had that much to do with a team-mate," he told SpeedWeek.
"Even if we give everything to fighting hard with one another on the track, Daniel is a great guy and we have a lot of fun off the track.
"We respect each other. Sure, when you fight for the title, it gets more intense on the track, but in the end you always come back to that mutual respect.
"You have to accept when one is faster and I think we can. If one of us has a good race, then the other one says that he really deserves it. And I think that's very important.
"So I hope that we will be team-mates for a very long time."