What a year it’s been for Mercedes.
When Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the first and third Grand Prix of the season, at Australia and Bahrain respectively, many expected a fight to the finish between the German and Italian constructors.
But Mercedes sealed the title, their fourth in a row, with three races to spare at last week’s American Grand Prix in Texas.
So Formula 1 fans haven’t been given the competitive battle they hoped for.
While Vettel made a fast start to the season, failing to finish outside the top two in the opening six races, his second half of the campaign was pretty miserable.
Two retirements in three races were the low points, allowing Hamilton to take control before wrapping up the title at Sunday’s race in Mexico.
Vettel: 'They were the better bunch'
Vettel will be back again next year, his desire to claim the 2018 Championship no doubt heightened by the fact that he’s now tied with Hamilton on four world titles.
The German admitted after the Mexico Grand Prix, in which he finished fourth after colliding with Hamilton on the opening lap, that he wished he could have gone toe-to-toe with the Brit on more occasions this season.
“I don’t fear him. I like racing with him. I would have liked a little bit more of that this year,” Vettel was quoted as saying by Reuters. “But overall, they were just the better bunch.”
“He’s done a superb job all year round and deserves to win the title. So congratulations to him.”
Mercedes sent a class tweet to Vettel
Vettel wasn’t the only one who remained dignified after the title was decided. Mercedes sent a series of congratulatory messages on Monday morning, with their tweet to Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari the pick of the punch.
“Finally, to #Seb5 and @ScuderiaFerrari... WHAT a story it's been, from day one in #F1 2017. A battle and a privilege... bring on 2018! 👊,” Mercedes wrote.
The four-time Constructors’ Champions also sent tweets to Mexico GP winner Max Verstappen, Force India, who use Mercedes engines, and Vatteri Bottas. Check them out below.
One imagines Mercedes won’t be quite so cordial with Ferrari when the 2018 season gets underway.