Ferrari backing Constructors Championship fight

Despite losing the Drivers World Championship to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in Mexico, senior Ferrari personnel remain confident they can fight for the 2018 Constructors Championship.

Following a double-podium in Mexico, Ferrari sits just 55 points behind Mercedes in the overall standings with two rounds left in the 2018 Formula 1 season. A maximum of 86 points is still available if back-to-back one-two finishes are achieved in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene thanked his entire team for closing the points gap in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix and assured the awaiting press that Ferrari is “determined to fight all the way to the finish”.

Ferrari had a strong result in the Mexican Grand Prix; they filled two podium spots whilst Mercedes failed to make the top three (Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari).

Sebastian Vettel shared his Team Principal’s determination. Despite Sunday in Mexico being “not a very happy day” for Vettel – as he lost the Drivers World Championship to Hamilton – he was insistent that he’d be ready to fight for the Constructors Championship in Brazil.

Kimi Raikkonen was typically reserved in his appraisal of the situation post-race in Mexico. He remained hopeful that Ferrari could continue to close the gap to Mercedes. 

Over the past two races, Ferrari closed the gap to Mercedes by 23 points, which is slightly over half of the points they’d need to take home the championship in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

Lewis Hamilton (pictured) won his fifth Drivers World Championship in 2018 (Image courtesy of Daimler AG). 

Mercedes has won four consecutive Constructors Championships since the introduction of the turbo-hybrid formula in 2014.

Their Team Principal, Toto Wolff, didn’t get too caught up in Lewis Hamilton’s championship success in Mexico, admitting, “the job is not done yet.”

“There’s a constructors’ championship out there that we still want to win and that won’t be easy as we saw today” – Toto Wolff

He said the team’s focus is now on the Constructors Championship and they would “keep pushing until the end.” Mercedes Technical Director James Allison said he doesn’t want to “limp” to the 2018 Constructors Championship with a performance akin to Mexico, which he described as a “whipping.” The P4 and P5 finish was the first time since July’s Austrian Grand Prix that Mercedes didn’t finish with a car on the podium. 

Allison hoped the team would come back “firing on all cylinders” for the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 11th. 

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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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