We are coming into the weekend of the Mexican Grand Prix, the nineteenth and third last round of the Formula 1 World Championship and with another match ball for Lewis Hamilton to win his fifth world title.
At Austin Ferrari managed to delay the celebration with Kimi Raikonnen’s win and Sebastian Vettel’s fourth place which was surely an important result for the team from Maranello that reduced the gap slightly from Mercedes on the Constructors’ front. It was a result that revitalized the shares in the team of the Finnish driver who came back to victory after 5 years and 115 races and who will leave Maranello to return to Hinwil.
I do not share the comments about this since I am convinced that the choices made by the team’s management are the right road to return to victory. The results speak on their own with Sebastian Vettel constantly faster than his team mate, even if he was the protagonist of too many errors (9 in 18 grands prix is a very high average for a driver who wants to win the title). At Austin he had overtaken Raikonnen as well, just as he had all season.
At this time Ferrari must recover Vettel the driver in view of both the final three rounds and in consideration for 2019 and the arrival of Charles Leclerc will give him the right stimulus.
Raikonnen was perfect at Austin and I hope to see him with the same determination, which had been lacking in the first part of the season, also in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. He has to be the deciding factor to help Ferrari win the constructor’s title.
Gian Carlo Minardi