Scuderia Ferrari is back on the podium thanks to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and third at the Circuit of the Americas, at the end of an incredible race that was action packed with passing moves and plenty of dramatic moments. The last of these actually came after the race, once the stewards deemed that Max Verstappen had left the track with all four wheels in passing Kimi for third at Turn 17. It meant that the Finn was reinstated onto the last step of the podium. With three races to go, the drivers’ title is still undecided mathematically, with Seb on 265 points and Kimi on 163.
Although Sebastian Vettel claimed the lead off the line and held onto it for six laps, Lewis Hamilton stuck to the rear of the Ferrari like glue until he finally made his move and reclaimed the lead, where he remained until the chequered flag. The German driver went on to finish second with a two-stop strategy, unlike Hamilton who only stopped once, but claimed their inability to win was nothing to do with their strategy decision.
Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene comments on the events and the outcome of the 2017 United States Grand Prix:
“Today’s race was closely fought from the start to the final lap. Sebastian made a great start to go into the lead and Kimi kept the race alive, with both men pulling off several passing moves. The team, both here at the track and back in Maranello, did a good job in coming back from the difficulties encountered in free practice on Friday. The most important thing is that we never gave up and getting both cars to the podium, even if it was not the ideal result, was achieved by fighting right to the end. We did that thanks to a car that, yet again proved to be competitive. Just as we did today, we will continue to fight to the very last corner of the final race.” – Maurizio Arrivabene explained, as reported by the Italian media on Monday.
Sebastian Vettel now sits 66 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton with three races left until the end of the 2017 Formula One season, which means that the Mercedes driver only needs to score nine points more than his rival to win the title.