Why Ferrari's latest defeat was the most painful

Why Ferrari's latest defeat was the most painful

After three disastrous weekends, a second place for Vettel and double podium for Ferrari doesn't look too bad. But the way the battle with Hamilton and Mercedes played out at Austin made this one even tougher to take

Sebastian Vettel's United States Grand Prix loss to Lewis Hamilton was superficially the mildest of Ferrari's recent disasters. He finished second and there was no start catastrophe or mechanical malady to be distraught about, but this will nonetheless have been the hardest of hard knocks.

For this was a long, slow death at the hands of the dominant combined force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Unlike Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, all races Ferrari could argue it might have won, this was defeat; pure, simple and emphatic.

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