Raikkonen warns champion Hamilton that Ferrari want constructors' title

Doug Mendoza
November 10, 2018

The Ferrari driver had been called at random to the weighbridge scales just as rain began to fall at the Interlagos circuit at the start of the second qualifying session.

Vettel will be the subject of one of the more weird stewards' investigations of the season after being accused of "destroying" the FIA's weighbridge.

After securing the drivers' crown in Mexico last time out, Hamilton clocked a lap time of one minute and 7.281 seconds to help his team reach a notable milestone in Formula One.

Raikkonen, who famously won the drivers' title for Ferrari in Brazil in 2007, said that Hamilton deserved to win this year's crown and rejected the idea that his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel had lost it through team and individual errors. And when you are on an out-lap...

"I was making sure I had the gap but then all of a sudden I saw a vehicle coming at high speed and I was like: 'Oh my God".

"Obviously, along the way, something went wrong and we need to learn from it".

With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points.

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Haas driver Romain Grosjean was ninth, with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly 10th, benefiting from the latest upgraded Honda engine.

On the track, Charles Leclerc stole the show with a stellar performance and another reminder of why Ferrari has opted to promote him to their team in 2019.

Fernando Alonso's F1 career continues to fade out with a fizzle, McLaren having the slowest auto in Brazil and the Spaniard able to put it only 18th.

"The races have been the same from July so there are no surprises", said Alonso.

"That was a tough qualifying session", Hamilton said.

The German knocked over a cone in front of the scales and then could be seen clapping his hands for the officials to speed up the process during his weighing, as he wanted to quickly make it to the Ferrari garage to change to soft tyres in the changing conditions. He wasn't on a quick lap so I don't know what his thinking was. "I tried. The first sector was so good".

In Q2, Vettel was directed to the weighbridge during the session as he entered the pitlane, but refused to turn off his Ferrari's engine as required.

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