The title fight is over. Sebastian Vettel nonetheless showed on Saturday in qualifying that he still wants to get the better of Hamilton. He fell just short but Ferrari went into the race on an offset strategy after some clever thinking in Q2 put both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on soft tyres as opposed to the super softs for both Mercedes and Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel made a mistake in the early phase of the race, ceding a position to Kimi Raikkonen, and was later asked to move aside for the Finn, who got past Bottas. Vettel, though, just didn’t have the pace, due to a sensor problem, off the back of a low-key showing. Kimi seemed to switch on the tyres to claim a podium while Sebastian ultimately finished in sixth, well adrift of the top four runners and also behind the struggling Bottas.
“Unfortunately, even though Kimi finished on the podium today, we were unable to reach our goal, which was to keep the battle going for the Constructors’ title. Right from the formation lap, we became aware of a problem with a sensor on Seb’s car. This meant that, for the whole race, he had to run different settings to those we would have normally used and that made the car difficult to drive. Congratulations to Mercedes on taking the teams’ title.” – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene said at the end of the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, as reported by the Maranello team’s official website.