Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari have vowed not to give up on the 2018 season as the Scuderia continue to strive to beat Mercedes to the Constructors’ Championship. Although Lewis Hamilton has wrapped up the Drivers’ Championship with two races to go, the teams’ title is still being contested by Ferrari and Mercedes. With a possible 86 points still to play for, Mercedes currently lead Ferrari by 55 heading to Brazil and the season-concluding Abu Dhabi GP.
Ferrari’s determination to continue the fight is understandable: the team, the most famous in the sport, last won an F1 title in 2008. The unthinkable, a full decade without a championship, is becoming front of mind.
“There are still a lot of lessons to learn, and we need to make sure we make the right conclusions,” Vettel continued to Sky F1. “We are very talented and gifted team, we have the most support behind us, we have huge potential – of which some still needs to be unleashed. But we will try to beat Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship and knock them off their thrown to give them a taste for next year.”
While the odds – and the points – are stacked in Mercedes’ favour, the team’s recent slump in form has offered Ferrari a glimmer of hope.
The Constructors’ Championship is still undecided and the team has closed the points gap over the past two races,” said Scuderia boss Maurizio Arrivabene prior to leaving Ferrari. “We are therefore determined to fight all the way to the finish, starting with the next GP in Brazil.”
From Mercedes’ perspective, the concern ahead of the Brazilian GP is that they fell behind both Ferrari and Red Bull in Mexico, critically hampered by a struggle to prolong tyre life.