Scuderia Ferrari didn’t suffer the worst fortune at last weekend’s F1 Mexico Grand Prix, landing driver Kimi Räikkönen on the podium in third, and teammate Sebastian Vettel one position behind in fourth. Nevertheless, rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG managed to clinch the 2017 drivers’ championship with just a ninth-place finish, delivering a crushing blow to Vettel, who had led in the standings for much of the 2017 season.
Ferrari’s Vettel and Mercedes’ Hamilton made contact on the opening lap of the Mexico Grand Prix, and both drivers were forced to play catchup after Vettel pitted for a damaged nose and Hamilton went in for a tire puncture. Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen also made contact with Vettel in the opening lap, but suffered no major damage, allowing him to keep powering through to an overall race win. Mercedes-AMG competitor Valtteri Bottas populated the remaining spot on the podium.
Until the Mexico Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel had a mathematical chance of closing the gap with Lewis Hamilton and winning his fifth drivers’ championship. Instead, the race came up in Hamilton’s favor, granting the British driver his fourth title. The Scuderia Ferrari driver’s chances at earning a fifth title slimmed significantly after the disaster that was the Singapore Grand Prix, where Vettel, Räikkönen, Verstappen, and McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso were all taken out by a first-lap collision.
Ferrari maintains second place in the constructor standings for the 2017 Formula 1 season, and Vettel continues to occupy second place in the drivers’ standings.