Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both crashed out of the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Sunday, marking the first time a Ferrari hasn’t been classified in a Formula 1 race since 2006. Mercedes, meanwhile, put on another dominating performance as drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took a close 1-2 finish.
Things immediately got off to a bad start for Ferrari, with Vettel and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo making slight contact as they headed into Turn 1. The Ferrari suffered a punctured tire in the minor shunt and Vettel was forced to pit for tires, dropping him through the running order.
Raikkonen, who started from the back of the grid after taking a penalty for an engine change, didn’t have much luck early on, either. He was battling for position with fellow Fin Valteri Bottas when the two came together – damaging the suspension of Raikkonen’s Ferrari and knocking him out of the race on Lap 22.
Later on in the race on Lap 52, Vettel was pushing the car hard trying to make up valuable time when he went off at Turn 7, badly damaging his Ferrari. This effectively ended Ferrari’s day, leaving Mercedes, Williams and Red Bull to fight for the three available podium positions.
After the restart, Williams driver Bottas was able to get the jump on Red Bull’s Danil Kyvat and take third. Hamilton was still unable to hold onto the back of his teammate and remained in second as he and Rosberg crossed the finish line two seconds apart. Kyvat shuffled in behind Bottas to take fourth and was followed by teammate Ricciardo, Williams’ Felipe Massa, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Mexico native Sergio Perez. Dutchman Max Verstappen and Frenchman Romain Grosjean rounded on the top ten.
Ferrari will be looking to make up for their disastrous Mexican outing when the series heads to Interlagos for the Brazillian Grand Prix on November 15. Click here for full results from the Mexican GP and here for additional info on the Brazilian GP.