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Hamilton: Vettel ‘must show leadership’ in F1

Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel needs to show his leadership qualities to help Red Bull recover
Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel needs to show his leadership qualities to help Red Bull emerge from a tough start to the season.

Red Bull has been hampered by the Renault power unit in the opening four races, being unable to challenge the dominant Mercedes, which has won all four. With the change in fortunes coming off the back of four consecutive world championships for Vettel, Hamilton – who has won the last three grands prix – says it is time for Vettel to show he can take Red Bull forward.

“Sebastian must now show his leadership, as the leader of the team,” Hamilton is quoted as telling Bild. “When it comes to the crunch, you can transfer your strength as head of the team.”

And Hamilton believes Red Bull has plenty more to come from its car despite only having scored one podium finish so far this season.

“If I'm honest, I do not quite trust the situation at Red Bull. Clearly they still seem to have problems with its engine, but regardless of the power unit, it is a strong car. I'm sure that they can catch up yet.”

After finishing fourth with Daniel Ricciardo and fifth with Vettel in China, Red Bull has moved up to second in the constructors' championship, 97 points behind Mercedes.

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April 29, 2014 1:49 AM

So when people say Vettel didn't deserve the 4 titles and only won because of the car, will those same people admit that Hamilton doesn't deserve this years championship and it was only because of the car (if he wins). Or will they harp on about what a great champion he is. I still think Vettel is no slouch, he won a race in Torro Roso and didn't lead the 2010 championship until he won in at the last race. You can't tell me the Toro Roso was the best car on the grid and that Redbull had a dominate car in 2010.

George Zaidan

April 28, 2014 4:25 PM

Oh wow, Lewis sees it fit to give advice on leadership now that things are going his way. it all about the car man, all about the car, at least that's what your fan boys keep telling us. Hope you keep a brave face when things go sour bro.

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