Sebastian Vettel refused to reveal his thoughts on Ferrari’s disappointing season in an interview following the Mexican Grand Prix’s conclusion, and instead chose to go and congratulate Lewis Hamilton on his achievement.
Hamilton had just clinched his fifth Formula 1 title, the first Brit to accomplish this, with a fourth-placed finish, while Ferrari continued to build on a strong last couple of races, with Vettel finishing second and Raikkonen coming through in third.
However, Vettel did not convey any kind of positivity in his post-race interview with former British racing driver and now presenter David Coulthard.
“You had the car, at various points this year. You had some fantastic victories,” Coulthard began. “Where do you think the championship started to slip away?”
Vettel seemed to be holding his tongue with his reply.
“Ah, David. I don’t know if I answer that question now. Let me say congratulations to Lewis.”
It was at this point that Vettel swiftly exited the interview and with that created many questions over the true failure of Ferrari and Vettel’s future in the team.
In previous weeks, Vettel has been quite outspoken in the failures of himself and the Ferrari team across the course of the season.
In particular, Vettel has previously spoken of his frustration at Ferrari returning to their old specifications, after their new developments had regressed the car, while Mercedes and Hamilton raced into a comprehensive lead.
Hamilton’s victory would have been a particularly sore one for Vettel to take, with both drivers starting the season with four titles to their name.
Hamilton has now claimed that prestigious fifth title, which only Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio have previously achieved, writing his name forever in Formula 1 history.
Meanwhile, Ferrari’s amazing title drought continues.
It has now been over a decade since Raikkonen won the title for Ferrari, back in 2007, and, to Vettel’s frustration, Mercedes don’t seem to be letting them back in anytime soon.