Vettel “deserves his success” says Hamilton

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Korea International Circuit, 2013Lewis Hamilton has responded to coverage of his comments following the Korean Grand Prix by giving Sebastian Vettel credit for his achievements.

Following Vettel’s eighth win of the year in Sunday’s race, Hamilton told media he could understand why some fans may be bored with Vettel’s success.

“I feel for the fans because I remember watching when Michael Schumacher was winning,” said Hamilton.

“I remember watching the start, going to sleep, then waking up when it ended because I already knew what would happen. I am pretty sure a lot of people were doing that today.”

Hamilton also said it didn’t feel right that drivers like himself and Fernando Alonso were fighting for the lower points places instead of challenging Vettel for victory.

But in a series of posts on Twitter on Tuesday Hamilton said he “felt the need to clarify my thoughts”.

“Seb is great champion” wrote Hamilton. “Not only that, he is a great human being who is funny and humble. Deserves all the success he is having!”

“I admire his dedication and ability to consistently perform without mistakes. This is the mark of a true champion.”

Hamilton, who has previously claimed Vettel enjoys a significant performance advantage from his Red Bull, added: “Regardless of what you and I may think about his car, at the end of the day he’s doing the perfect job.”

“I’m just grateful I get to drive in an era with so many great drivers like him.”

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94 comments on Vettel “deserves his success” says Hamilton

  1. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 8th October 2013, 17:22

    That’s how it is. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Lewis Hamilton never criticized Sebastian, even Vettel said that he’s getting along with Lewis a lot since Bahrein.
    But some people like to twist his words to sell articles, attention-grabbing headlines or nonsense like that Tweet from Jake Humphrey last night…People told him the truth, he paddled back after when he realized his errors. F1 is not really interesting at the moment for some and media should stop generalizing. Maybe some fans will watch F1, others don’t because they’re losing interest. We already know who’s winning but most of the action is happening in the back! Not all the fans don’t like Vettel/RedBull, I don’t even think its Sebastian fault but please papers should stop to use Lewis’s name for no reason, just to get traffic.
    David Coulthard said it all, Lewis Hamilton is right! Check his status https://twitter.com/therealdcf1/status/387492038913974272.

  2. David Bretz (@cynical) said on 9th October 2013, 2:22

    He finished behind a Sauber driven by a guy who is not guaranteed a seat next year. I think that fact is biting him more than anything else.

    • Dingowild said on 9th October 2013, 13:35

      yes and that Sauber guy Hülkenberg will possibly drive a Red Bull in 2 years, which Ham & Alonso were so desperate to join. Alonso miscalculated the sheer might of Ferrari, still under the impression of the Schumi era. Hamilton was spoilt early getting a top drive from day one. Now both have to face the fact that the best team is out of their reach, and even worse, not even wanted by this team.

  3. Hamilton suffers from foot in mouth disease and this isn’t the first time it has happened. He slags off other drivers and has little charity for them, as others have said, it wouldn’t have hurt to acknowledge Huklenberg’s brilliant drive – oh and I bet he’d like to have as many championships as ‘boring Schumacher’

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