Lewis Hamilton insists that Sebastian Vettel
is on his way to a fourth F1 title following his victory in Singapore at the weekend.
The German made it three wins in a row since the summer break with another dominant showing under lights, with his victory making him the first three-time winner of F1's annual night race.
It means the Red Bull
man is now 60 points clear of Fernando Alonso
in the standings, while Lewis Hamilton
in third has slipped 96 points off the pace.
Hamilton could only manage fifth place in Singapore as Mercedes struggled to match the pace of the front-runners, and the Briton admitted he was no longer thinking about the title; arguing that Vettel was already well on his way to the crown.
"Yeah, but there's always fight in me,” he told Sporting Life
when asked if his title hopes were over. "Even in Singapore I still drove with the thought I could win, and that will remain the same for the rest of the year.
"Realistically, he is just under 100 points ahead of me, he always wins and he is going to continue on that curve. He's on his way to his fourth world championship."
The Mercedes driver refused to be too downbeat however at seeing his title hopes take another hit, insisting that his team would continue to push hard for success through the remainder of the season.
"I actually feel really good," he said. "I had a meeting with my engineers after the race and it was really productive. Admittedly, it wasn't the best of weekends, that's for sure, and the result was disappointing for us all, especially as the car felt like it was really competitive.
"Obviously Sebastian is a long way ahead now. He's had the perfect weekend for many races, and we need to dissect that to see how we can adapt or improve in certain areas so we have those weekends. But to see him doing what he's doing, it's not depressing. It's nothing new.
"They made a step somewhere on the car this weekend, but I still feel like we can fight at some point through the weekends for the rest of the season."