Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Vettel deserves more respect, says Hamilton

Vettel deserves more respect, says Hamilton

The F1 paddock is scratching its head about the odd and sudden decline of Ferrari's 2018 Formula 1 championship form.Some think Sebastian Vettel's struggle is because the FIA installed a. While the German has been criticised for his various mistakes, the Italian team has been called out on its strategic errors and its recent drop-off in pace.

Hamilton has won four straight races and will guarantee the drivers' title in Austin with another win and a Sebastian Vettel finish of third or lower.

Over the course of the 2018 season, it has been Vettel who has made more notable mistakes than Hamilton in their battle for a fifth world title.

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

"I don't want this to end up as "Seb says this, Max says this".

Hamilton added: "It is to be expected that being humans we will make mistakes but it is how we get through them that counts".

"I did my best to try to avoid contact but if he kept closing then where am I supposed to go?" I thought that was how it was going to be, being that they were so strong at the previous two races.

"Obviously if races go like this it's a bit of a handover". I will talk about it with him when it is the right time, so this is the way I would prefer.

"It's not easy to understand Ferrari, and not just because they lost some races". "We were not happy with the result".

Vettel refuses to concede however, and speaking in the wake of Sunday's disaster he echoed his beloved Monty Python's Black Knight as he insisted it isn't over.

Mercedes has enjoyed a qualifying advantage over Ferrari at the last three grands prix, although Vettel has been more competitive in race trim. "Already at the last race we could see that he [Vettel] has accepted he cannot win".

"He just looks at me, but he should keep the overview of the track and we should both try to make the corner in the first place, and then work out who is inside/outside".

"But we look forward and even if the last weeks have been hard, the spirit inside the team, if you look at the guys, it is incredible how strong, positive and powerful they are". But I have to say that concerning [the race in Japan], the team and the drivers, they reacted very well.

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