Sebastian Vettel has had to endure a tough year in Formula One but may be able to salvage some pride by claiming victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The German prevailed at Interlagos for the third time 12 months ago and returns to South America buoyed by an encouraging display in Mexico.
In what was probably his best effort since the summer break, Vettel passed both Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton en route to second place behind Max Verstappen.
That can provide him with the confidence he needs to get back on top of the podium and the Ferrari ace gets the nod at 3/2 in our Brazilian Grand Prix predictions.
Vettel could only watch on as Hamilton celebrated wrapping up his fifth world championship but vowed to continue fighting for team glory.
He said: “This is not a very happy day for me, but one thing is being down and another is not being able to get back up.
“I know that in two weeks I will be back up and trying my best to finish the season well and fight for the constructors’ championship.”
Mexico wasn’t made to measure for Ferrari but they should have every chance to shine in Brazil and Vettel can secure a much-needed triumph at Interlagos.
How the Mexican Grand Prix finished:
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Vettel (Ferrari), 3 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 4 Hamilton (Mercedes), 5 Bottas (Mercedes), 6 Hulkenberg (Renault), 7 Leclerc (Sauber), 8 Vandoorne (McLaren), 9 Ericsson (Sauber), 10 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 11 Ocon (Force India), 12 Stroll (Williams), 13 Sirotkin (Williams), 14 Hartley (Toro Rosso), 15 Magnussen (Haas), 16 Grosjean (Haas), DNF Ricciardo (Red Bull), Perez (Force India), Sainz (Renault), Alonso (McLaren)
Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen can be happy with his recent exploits, following up a win in the USA by finishing third in Mexico.
That makes it 11 times he has made the podium this season and 11/10 for another top-three finish is worth adding to our Brazilian Grand Prix betting tips.
Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene commented on the Mexican event: “Seb and Kimi both drove great races.
“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.”
The double world champion qualified 12th in Mexico but retired in the opening stages after running over debris from Esteban Ocon’s Force India.
He has now drawn a blank in four straight races since the Singapore Grand Prix and with McLaren’s form unlikely to improve, it’s a streak which could extend into the final two rounds of his career.
Past Brazilian Grand Prix results:
2017 Vettel (Ferrari), Bottas (Mercedes), Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Verstappen (Red Bull)
2015 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)
2014 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Massa (Williams)
2013 Vettel (Red Bull), Webber (Red Bull), Alonso (Ferrari)
2012 Button (McLaren), Alonso (Ferrari), Massa (Ferrari)
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