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F1 Italian Grand Prix: Hamilton deserved win - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel: After the first couple of laps, I think at some points we were similar in lap time, he was only a tenth quicker for one or two laps, I thought that maybe now we get a chance to close the gap but then he just seemed to find an extra switch and he was pulling away
Sebastian Vettel says Lewis Hamilton deserved to win the Italian Grand Prix, despite the post-race furore over tyre pressures.

Hamilton eventually took the victory by 25 seconds and while the result wasn't confirmed until sometime after the chequered flag had fell - following an investigation by the stewards - Vettel was magnanimous in defeat, and freely admitted that the Briton was in a class of his own.

“It's difficult to judge now [what affect the lower pressures might have had] because I don't know what was going on,” Vettel said before Mercedes was cleared. “I think it's not fair to hand that question to Lewis [either] because he doesn't know what's going on, so that's that.

"In principle, the tyres last a bit longer, but I don't think... in a lot of respect and fairness he did a very good job and you have to accept that.”

“After the first couple of laps, I think at some points we were similar in lap time, he was only a tenth quicker for one or two laps, I thought that maybe now we get a chance to close the gap but then he just seemed to find an extra switch and he was pulling away,” Vettel added.

“I think myself, Felipe [Massa – who finished third] and the cars behind, we seemed to struggle with tyres, so we're losing pace whereas Lewis just kept doing what he was doing in the first couple of laps.

“So it was quite incredible to see and no chance to stay close to him.”

Asked why his tyres didn't hold up as well as Hamilton's, Vettel replied: “I was pushing as hard as possible and Lewis, I think, to some extent, did the same and yeah, I think you could see on my lap times... I got updated by radio that the lap times kept dropping so I guess we were struggling more with the tyres than Lewis was because he was able to do the same lap time on lap 22 as he did on lap four which is quite impressive. Obviously we had run down some fuel but tyres are 20 laps older. I think he said he felt well with the balance of the car which makes a huge difference so that's that.

“They were quick on race pace, quicker than us but potentially they had a bit better tyre wear or tyre degradation, let's put it this way, so I think that made the difference.

“On the first three laps I had a bit of hope and then, to be honest with you, I saw them [the tyres] going away, so yeah, that was that.”
by Rob Wilkins

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September 07, 2015 9:42 PM

Thank you for proving my point and hence showing I was right to question you :-) That article is from March 2011, before the start of the 2011 F1 session, where Vettel was the defending champion for the FIRST TIME. Lewis did NOT say he was a poor man's Nigel Mansell, that's your distortion of his comments (and an insult to Nigel Mansell), he compared the FIRST TIME champion Vettel to Nigel Mansell, but at that stage didn't rate him as highly as Mansell, quote "Maybe he is the new Mansell? Not that I would rate him like I do Mansell". Mansell was a great driver that Hamilton didn't rate Vettel above in March 2011, hence turning that into claiming he said "a poor man's Nigel Mansell" is a dishonest distortion. As always, Alonso was the current driver Hamilton rated highest. No-one back then predicted Vettel would go on to win the next THREE championships. So do your favour and don't wear your biases on your sleeve :-)


September 07, 2015 9:12 PM
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By 'Lulu' I assume you're referring to Lewis Hamilton(?) and therefore I suggest you use google to search for the following- "Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel's title success places him in the legendary books". To quote Lewis Hamilton from the article of that title - "Firstly, congratulations to Sebastian - a four-times World Champion that's pretty awesome... He's now in the legendary books - he already was. To do it at such a young age - I think he's 26 - is pretty phenomenal. He's broken quite a few records these past few years...I'll try and catch him at some stage, though he's probably going to be too busy from now on." Please point out the jealously in those comments from Lewis about Vettel. Please point out where Lewis said anything derogatory about Vettel and his achievements when he called him a legend! Also, I'd like you to provide a link that quotes Lewis describing Vettel as a poor man's Nigel Mansell (which you claimed), because I very much doubt it.

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