The British were full of excitement after Lewis Hamilton claimed his third world championship at the United States GP, but Formula One still goes on and attention turns to the battle for second place.
Words: Ena Bilobrk, Subeditor: Jack Everitt
Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel will go head to head in the fight to finish behind Lewis Hamilton in the following three Grand Prix’s.
Rosberg was clearly disappointed with his result at the American GP making a mistake that helped his team-mate Hamilton secure his place. However, the German still has energy to take on one last fight.
“The championship fight is over for me this year but I have three races left to make a big push, end this tough season on a high” says Rosberg “and make up for the disappointment of the past few races.”
But Mercedes’ biggest rival Ferrari is on course to stop a double-podium with Vettel currently holding the disputed second place.
With only a four point lead over his German rival, the Ferrari driver has to finish above Rosberg in the next three races.
The Scuderia’s updated power unit will surely help in building an advantage, with 200 points in favour in the current Constructor Standings, but Mercedes still owns the most powerful cars of the season. And Ferrari have failed to claim any of the fastest laps so far this year.
And although the Mercedes cars have a power advantage, Vettel could capitalise on the current tensions between Rosberg and Hamilton.
When asked if he would help his team-mate, the newly crowned champion replied: “The team have not asked me to play that role. I am here to win the race. The team have already won the Constructor’s Championship, so from here on I don’t think there will be a huge benefit for the team, but I will see what Toto wants me to do.”
The Formula One returns to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the first time since 1992 and none of the current grid have driven the circuit since its makeover. This makes it one of the biggest challenges the drivers face all year.
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