Sebastian Vettel at the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.

There’s a lot more to Ferrari’s imminent title defeat than mechanical unreliability.

Sebastian Vettel at the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix.

The Asian leg of the 2017 season will likely decide the outcome of the championship.

Felipe Massa in his garage at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa is up against some strong competition for his 2018 Williams drive. Does he stand a chance?

Daniel Ricciardo at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Malaysia provided a spectacular driving challenge in unspectacular surroundings.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel’s best chance of winning the title lies with Raikkonen taking points off Hamilton.

Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner, McLaren executive director Zak Brown, and Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul at the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix.

Red Bull Racing’s history with Renault suggests it probably isn’t.

McLaren executive director Zak Brown.

McLaren’s switch to Renault is riskier than it may first appear.

Chase Carey and Helmut Marko on the grid of the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix.

Formula One thrives on being a sport of extremes, and trimming too much of the excess could be detrimental to the show.

Sebastian Vettel in his garage at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix

A half-second defeat looks bad for Ferrari, but there are reasons to believe it really was a one-off.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after qualifying for the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton’s only path to the title could be through Valtteri Bottas and team orders.