Hamilton: Media must respect Vettel

Vettel and Verstappen clash

Vettel and Verstappen clash

Sebastian Vettel has confessed that he remains inspired in his drivers' championship title fight thanks to the team spirit among the squad at Ferrari, which remains intact despite various setbacks, disappointments, and mistakes throughout the 2018 Formula 1 season which have resulted in a lot of criticism.

Vettel's sixth-place finish at Suzuka, after fighting back from an early collision with Max Verstappen, led some observers to suggest he had "gift-wrapped" the title for Hamilton.

Hamilton, with a 67-point lead over the German, must score just eight more points than Vettel to be world champion from the final four races in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

A win there with Vettel finishing lower than second is all he needs to become only the third driver in F1 history after Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio, to win five or more titles.

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, for any athlete at the top of their game that is.

"I had similar encounters with others and we managed to make it through the corner".

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"You can really enjoy dining with all that meat and barbecue restaurants", said Verstappen, referring to the local cuisine.

The most simple way for Hamilton to win the title would be to replicate the results of the last two races, in Russian Federation and Japan, by leading home Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in a one-two finish.

"It is not the prime overtaking spot, but if you are side-by-side then I think it is fair in that scenario and that occasion".

The German's hopes of winning a fifth Formula One title this season moved away from slim and closer to non-existent at Suzuka. Vettel could not provide an answer as to why the team has struggled.

"I honestly thought that was how it was going to be, given they were so strong in the previous two races". "I remember we had the same experience with Fernando".

Brilliant pit-stop strategy by Mercedes following two safety cars late in the race then saw Hamilton sneak further ahead, though it was not enough to overhaul Vettel. "All the team is fired up and that certainly helps, as the last couple of weeks haven't been that easy", said Vettel. I wish to have more of them. Arrivabene said. "We got the news about the penalty very, very late; Sebastian was doing his job, and as far as I know, his vehicle was on the inside".

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