Valtteri Bottas survived several laps of high-speed pressure from his Mercedes team-mate and world champion Lewis Hamilton to claim a memorable victory in Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas outpaced his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position with a record-breaking lap in Saturday's qualifying session
As both men and their Mercedes and Ferrari teams set about claiming the early momentum in a 'development war' race ahead of the 2018 season, Vettel conceded that he was racing already as if it was a new year.
The two four-time champions spoke at a news conference ahead of this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where the 32-year-old Briton is hoping to claim his 10th win of the season for Mercedes.
Lewis Hamilton claimed fourth place after starting the Brazilian Grand Prix from the pit lane.
Valtteri Bottas secured the third pole position of his career on Saturday after his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had crashed in the opening minutes of an incident-filled qualifying session for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes-AMG Formula One team minibus was robbed at gunpoint outside the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday night
Fernando Alonso has joined retirement-bound Felipe Massa in acclaiming Lewis Hamilton as one of Formula One's greatest drivers following his fourth drivers' world title triumph.
The British driver reportedly got a 3.3 million after his airplane was imported into the Isle of Man.
The revelations are the latest to emerge from the so-called Paradise Papers, released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth drivers' world championship in unexpected but dramatic fashion on Sunday when, after a first lap collision with title rival Sebastian Vettel, he finished ninth in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel boosted his slim hopes of keeping alive his world championship challenge on Saturday when he claimed the 50th pole of his career for this weekends Mexican Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo outpaced championship-chasing Lewis Hamilton to top the times in Friday's second free practice ahead of this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix.
Ocon and Perez, who are teammates at Force India, have fought fierce duels this season and have collided at Baku and at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa.
The arguments over his status have grown in volume as the months have passed this year, but they reached a new crescendo this week in the days following his ninth win of the season at last weekend's United States Grand Prix in Texas.
If Lewis Hamilton wins, or finishes anywhere in the top five, in the Mexico Grand Prix next weekend, he will be champion.
The 32-year-old Briton, who can take the championship if he wins for Mercedes and title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari fails to finish in the top five, claimed his 11th pole of the season with a crushing display of pure speed.
Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third fastest ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Stoffel Vandoorne for McLaren Honda and Felipe Massa of Williams.