Maurizio Arrivabene paid tribute to his Ferrari Formula 1 team for its fight to the very end of Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel's championship defeat to Lewis Hamilton was confirmed.

Starting the race from pole, Vettel required a top-two finish to stand any chance of keeping his title hopes alive for another race, only for an opening-lap clash with Hamilton to drop both title contenders to the back of the field.

Vettel was able to fight his way back up to fourth place by the chequered flag, refusing to give up in his bid to keep the championship alive, but was powerless to stop Hamilton being crowned for a fourth time at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

"Once again today, the result of the race does not reflect the true potential of the SF70H," Arrivabene said after the race.

"We saw that potential yesterday with pole position and again this afternoon, with several overtaking moves and the race fastest lap. Unfortunately, the collision at the first corner compromised the entire race.

"Right to the very end, the team fought for the chance of winning this world championship. We will now continue to do our very best in the two remaining grands prix, tackling them with the same level of concentration and determination.

"Congratulations to Lewis on his world championship title."


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