Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Show a little more respect for Sebastian Vettel: Lewis Hamilton

Show a little more respect for Sebastian Vettel: Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton claimed his fourth straight win at Suzuka, where main title rival Sebastian Vettel struggled to a sixth-place finish in what was an error-strewn weekend for the Ferrari driver.

Now 67 points behind Hamilton with four races and a maximum 100 points up for grabs, Vettel is still mathematically in the fight. "You simply can not imagine how hard it is to do what we do at our level".

He pointed to last month's Italian Grand Prix at Monza, when Vettel lost out in a wheel-to-wheel moment with Hamilton on the opening lap, as evidence of the German trying unnecessarily hard.

"I feel the media need to show a little more respect for Sebastian".

"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".

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Hamilton is on the verge of wrapping up the championship and could do so at the next race at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.

"You say almost (done), so obviously there is still a chance", said Vettel, cutting a resigned figure as he spoke to reporters. In fact, it could all be over in two weeks' time at the US Grand Prix in Austin, where a win with Vettel finishing lower than second is all Hamilton needs to seal the deal with three races to spare.

Both Ferrari and Vettel have been criticised for glaring strategy errors, such as selecting the wrong tyres in final qualifying in Japan, and a string of mistakes made on track in the heat of battle. So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the auto was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings. "Saturday we had a problem that everyone knows about but as I said many times I was a bit disappointed, but we win and we lose together". 'It has been an incredible year, but never in a million years did I think I would get to 80, ' said Hamilton, now 12 poles ahead of any other driver in the sport's history.

"Obviously there is still a chance, the last couple of races we made it a bit too easy for them". But I have to say that concerning [the race in Japan], the team and the drivers, they reacted very well. I honestly thought that we were going to have that.

Vettel won four of the first 11 races in 2017 - as many as Hamilton - before recording just one more victory in the remainder of the campaign, as the Mercedes man kicked on and cruised to the title.

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