Sebastian Vettel's hopes of splitting the two Mercedes' in the overall standings has been dealt a blow after ann eventful Mexican Grand Prix that ended in the wall.
Starting third, Vettel's day was hampered from the first corner when he was tagged by Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull, leaving him with a puncture.
Attempting to mount a fight back through the field and showing stronger pace than all but the Mercedes', a spin at turn seven dropped him back further when a more definitive off on lap 52 left him in the barriers and out of the race.
Contributing to Ferrari's first double DNF in almost ten years, Vettel was frustrated with the outcome, but held his hand up to the errors that led him to a first retirement of 2015.
“It was my mistake. I don't know, I didn't have any issues all weekend but twice in the race I went off. Once I spun and then I managed to crash. I can't be happy with how the day went. Obviously with the puncture in the first lap the race was pretty much lost.
“Without any Safety Car I couldn't really come back. The car was generally good to drive, the pace was very strong but, unfortunately we were not in a position to prove that. I think we were closer to Mercedes than in the last races but in the end we didn't see the chequered flag, so it was not a good day.
“I wanted to understand the crash, but there was nothing wrong with the car. I went in with more or less the same speed as usual but lost the car suddenly. It was similar to the first time I lost control. We know it has been tricky all weekend but cannot blame the conditions or the circuit. In the end it was my mistake, probably just asking a bit too much and once you lose the grip, depending on where it happens, it can be very costly.”