Lewis Hamilton defends Sebastian Vettel after criticism of mistakes

Tanya Simon
October 12, 2018

Looking at the championship standings, it's very easy to surmise that MercedesAMG and Lewis Hamilton have got the titles bagged, but Mr. Arrivabene is not giving up on glory yet, even after a disappointing Japanese Grand Prix that saw Kimi Räikkönen finish 5th and Sebastian Vettel 6th.

The Briton stands on the brink of securing his fifth championship after winning six of the past seven races for Mercedes to lead his German rival by 67 points with four races remaining.

"I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian", he wrote on Instagram. "You simply can not imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level".

"You simply can't imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level, for any athlete at the top of his game".

"I was with the engineers on Sunday night, and I said to them I hope you know you are performing at your best because as a unit we are, and you should sit back and take note".

Vettel looked like the favourite for a fifth world championship earlier this year after Ferrari appeared to have moved ahead of Mercedes in terms of vehicle performance. 'It makes me think of all the great years that I have had, and quite a few of those were at McLaren when we didn't always have a championship-winning auto'.

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Despite a series of operational management errors on Ferrari's part along with some individual mistakes, Sebastian Vettel has quelled any questions surrounding his future with the Italian giants.

Vettel, who is already a distant 50 championship points behind Hamilton, lines up only ninth after an embarrassing tyre blunder by Ferrari cost the German dearly in qualifying.

"We have given everything so far and I believe there's still something we can learn and understand from the auto".

"I don't even want to think about him breaking a finger", the Austrian said, according to Spain's Marca newspaper. "As I have said many times, I was a bit disappointed yesterday, but having said so, we win and we lose together and I'm the final one responsible".

Hamilton went on to overhaul Kimi Raikkonen to win the Monza race, then took victory in Singapore and Russian Federation - two places where Ferrari was quicker than Mercedes previous year, but was outpaced this time. But I have to say that concerning [the race in Japan], the team and the drivers, they reacted very well.

"The team made a lot of mistakes in the last races, strategy, etc..." Vettel was far back but carried more speed than the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver going into the corner, but the move proved to be costly as Vettel made contact and spun to the back of the field.

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