Ferrari comment on Sebastian Vettel's future after falling short to Lewis Hamilton

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Ferrari have had their say on the 2018 season after yet again missing out on the Driver's Championship title.

Lewis Hamilton only had to finish within the top seven, or hope that Sebastian Vettel didn't win the race, to seal his fifth world championship in Mexico.

And despite suffering from a lack of power compared to the Red Bulls and Ferrari, the Brit eventually cantered home to finish fourth and spark celebrations in the Mercedes garage.

Hamilton's fourth title in five seasons, to go with his first in 2008, sees him draw level with F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio, who Hamilton described as 'the Godfather' on five titles.

Only Michael Schumacher now has more titles with seven.

Despite enjoying a golden patch in their history when they had Schumacher in their team during the 2000s, Ferrari are without a championship win since Kimi Raikkonen's in 2007.

And, in the aftermath of seeing their number one driver again miss out on the crown, the team have issued a statement.

After the team announced that Raikkonen would be replaced by Charles Leclerc next season, the rumours have been swirling around Vettel's position within the team after another disappointing year.

But, despite a number of high-profile errors in the second half of the season as the title started to slip away from him, Maurizio Arrivabene suggested that Ferrari still supports him.

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"You have to be close to him in down moments like this, we do not leave him alone.

'We will not give up."

"We must be strong and throw everything behind him, go forward and do not give up.

"We have proved we are together even if the others are saying otherwise. So let's keep going," Arrivabene said.

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Both Vettel and Arrivabene were quick to congratulate Hamilton, but the Scuderia team boss was adamant that their focus should shift to the Constructors' title for the remaining races.

"We do not give up. The Constructors' Championship is still open, we have taken more points in that and do not give up until the end," team boss Maurizio Arrivabene told Sky Italia.

As for Mercedes, who are still in pole position to wrap up the team award, Arrivabene sounded reluctant to talk much about the German team.

"I do not talk about the others. We closed on them in the last two races, then I leave the judgement to you.

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"Congratulations to Hamilton, but now let's play for the constructors. It will be difficult but we will not give up," he said.

The rumours are unlikely to go away, though, with many questioning whether a serial winner like Vettel can put up with being second best for much longer.

For the time being, though, his team are shifting the focus back onto the races to come in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.

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