Sebastian Vettel does not agree with Lewis Hamilton’s claim that his success in Formula One has become like Michael Schumacher’s domination of the sport in the early 2000s.
Following the Korean Grand Prix Hamilton claimed Vettel’s run of victories had become a turn-off for some fans as Schumacher’s had been.
“I think it’s very different,” said Vettel. “I think there’s probably one race that’s a bit of an exception, take Singapore the gaps we had and were able to build up was incredible to lap two seconds quicker than the cars behind us. But obviously it depended who was behind us at the time and which tyres and so on.”
“But anyway what I wanted to say is if you take Korea which I think is more similar to Spa whatsoever the gap was between three and six seconds for the whole race. I think ten years ago it was more like 30 to 60 seconds which is a big difference.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice cushion to have in the car when you see that you are three seconds down the road. But equally you know that one stupid mistake in Korea, for example a lock-up which was likely, and three seconds is nothing compared to 30 or 60.”
Hamilton later added Vettel deserved his success in a series of posts on Twitter. Vettel, who does not use the social network, said he was told about Hamilton’s further comments.
“Obviously it’s very nice to hear something like that. I think I can only give it back. I think there is respect amongst the drivers, there’s a lot of stuff that gets written and said. I think the most important is when you go up to another driver, whether you feel respected or not and I think that is the case.”
“I think Lewis is one of the best drivers currently in Formula One. I get along quite well with him lately so I can only say ‘thank you very much’ and give it back.”
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