Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel’s charge from fourth to second in Mexico represents something of a redemption, as it was his first podium since winning in Spa and he also went wheel to wheel with both Ricciardo and Hamilton and came out on top on both occasions.
Still, on balance Ferrari have probably had the better package in the first half of the season and the Maranello team will reflect on a season of ifs and should haves. Between Verstappen winning again and Hamilton claiming a fifth title, Sebastian Vettel’s P2 in Mexico must be the least satisfying podium of his career.
“Today’s result reflects the determination of the entire team, after a less than ideal qualifying on a track where aerodynamic downforce and tyre management are fundamentally important. Seb and Kimi both drove great races. Thanks to the efforts of the team, both here at the track and back in Maranello, the Constructors’ Championship is still undecided and the team has closed the points gap over the past two races. We are therefore determined to fight all the way to the finish, starting with the next GP in Brazil. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on his fifth Drivers’ World Championship title.” – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene concluded at the end of the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix.