Although praising is crew, Dutton says the squad’s resilience will also be analysed in the off-season, after van Gisbergen finished a relatively lacklustre fourth in the final race.
“Clearly with the quality of DJR Team Penske and Scotty, you know for them to have to finish worse than sixth and you win it is a long shot,” Dutton said of the equation.
“Of course you take a fairly hefty body blow with that one, but we’ll have to review and see if our resilience is good enough to deal with those sort of situations and those things arising.
“It is difficult, I’m not going to lie, but the team did a fantastic job, all the crew.
“It’s not just the engineers or the drivers who take the hit, obviously the whole team does, and I was really proud with the way the team prepared.
“Even after the news came through [on Saturday night], when there was an air of doubt about it, everyone was cracking on, almost business-as-usual.
“There was the question ‘do we know, do we know, do we know?’, but all in all the team did a really good job. It always is a bit of a difficult body blow to take.”
Asked if he felt the penalty impacted the way the Sunday played out, given that McLaughlin dominated the race and van Gisbergen struggled, Dutton added: “I think if the pointscore was different then you’d have a different outcome.
“The water is never going to run down the hill the same way twice, it’s always going to be a little bit different from where you’re starting from.
“I think it would have been a more interesting race if it’d been closer.
“Based on what Shane said alone, there might have been some differences (in how it unfolded).”
Despite losing the drivers’ title, Triple Eight will return to the top of pitlane next year, thanks to winning the teams’ championship.