With Hamilton and Mercedes ultimately triumphant in the two years as Vettel had to settle for second place, before his and Ferrari’s performances plummeted in 2019 and 2020, it remained the closest battle to the World Championship to which Hamilton had faced until this year’s duel against Verstappen and Red. Taurus.
Verstappen currently leads Hamilton by six points to the top of the F1 standings with six races to go this season, but he is wary of Mercedes’ resumption of performance in the last few heats.
Vettel says he enjoyed the battle between Verstappen and Hamilton, but is hopeful the Dutch driver can keep the title fight going into the final heats, having been unable to compete with Hamilton and Mercedes when he was at Ferrari in the final round. of their title fights.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 2nd position, is sprayed with Champagne by Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st position, on the podium
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“I hope Max has a better car at the end, or a better position to be at the very end, because the fights that I was [in] with Lewis unfortunately we weren’t as competitive to give him a hard time at the end, ”said Vettel.
“So I think it was pretty clear and easy enough for him to win the championship at the end. “
Vettel, who is set to start the United States Grand Prix from the back of the grid due to a powertrain change on his Aston Martin, also wants the duo to maintain a healthy rivalry in the latter part of the season. F1 season after suffering two clashes so far this season at Silverstone and Monza.
“I think rivalry is good for any sport,” he said. “But I’m a huge fan of respectful rivalry. And I think we’re seeing a very clean fight so far. “