Vettel: Lewis is one of the best drivers currently in Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel acknowledged that he had read Lewis Hamilton’s comments declaring that the Red Bull driver was a great champion, and paid back the compliment to his British rival.

In the wake of the Korean Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton grabbed headlines by claiming that Vettel’s dominance of Formula 1 was turning, but 24 hours later the Mercedes driver was full of praise for the triple World Champion.

“Seb is great champion,” he declared on his Twitter feed (@LewisHamilton). “Not only that, he is a great human being who is funny and humble. Deserves all the success he is having.”

Speaking in Japan, Vettel said of Hamilton’s praise, “Obviously it is very nice to hear something like that, I think I can only give it back. There is a lot of respect among the drivers, but obviously alot of stuff gets written and said.”

When pressed to comment about suggestions that his constant winning is a turn off for fans, vettel said, “It’s very different. There was one race in Singapore which was an exception where I was able to build a gap, yes that was incredible. Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton in canada

Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton in canada

Anyway if you take Korea the gap was between three and six seconds for the whole race. If you look at ten years ago, the gap was thirty seconds – which is a big difference.”

“Obviously, don’t get me wrong, it is a nice cushion to have in the car but it is only three seconds at the end of the race which is really nothing when you compare it to thirty or sixty.” (GP247)

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  • Red Bull Cheats

    Liar, you were cruising with 1 second a lap in hand. That is 30+ seconds at the end of the race. Pathetic. The only reason you didn’t pull out 30 seconds is the stupid rules about conserving an engine and a greabox for 4-5 races.

  • Tinto

    Smart comments from Seb, very diplomatically put despite Lewis’ twisted U-turned evil comments…

    Amazing to watch this kid’s career in the future, a guy that manages himself, …friendship with Bernie and big guys, …championship after championshpi…. Quite sure we’ll here from him for years.

  • fools

    wtf? some great showman ship going on lately lol. cucumbers! lol

  • Boycotthehaters

    Seb seems a lot more mature than the older drivers on the grid.

  • Tinto

    @fools: Nicely said, I do feel for you mate, incorigible.. Anyways, in the end you are going to accept Seb’s greatness. Your hero is going nowhere, the field is full of future talents hungry to grab the trophies. Pick another driver from the youger generation, Seb for instance lol

  • Eazy E

    Too bad Lewis is also one of the whiniest and most disrepectful drivers too. Not to mention his woman looks like man, man.

  • mr18000rpm

    Seb is the best, I can’t see anyone on the grid who has the same mental capacity as Seb. We’ll see what happens in 2014 with a new framework to maneuver in, but 2013 won’t be Seb’s last championship. You can bank on it!