F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) ‘Seb’ Vettel Coming Back With “Guns Blazing”
Y 2017 F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton sees Ferrari’s Sebastian ‘Seb’ Vettel will be back with “all guns blazing” in the 2018 Formula 1 championship.
Mr, Vettel led the world championship for 12 consecutive races at the start of the Y 2017 season, but his title challenge fell away in the latter half of the season as Mr. Hamilton ran stronger.
The Ferrari driver experienced costly moments in Azerbaijan and Singapore, when he deliberately drove into Hamilton under Safety Car and the latter when he was caught up in a 3-car crash at the start of the race.
The championship was settled in Hamilton’s favor after another shunt at the start of October’s Mexican Grand Prix, in which Mr. Vettel could only recover to 4th when he needed to finish inside the Top 2 to extend the challenge for another race.
Mr. Hamilton says Mr. Vettel should embrace the lessons he can learn from the mistakes he made during their 2017 championship contest.
“I’m not going to tell you what I’ve learned but you can see it and I think you guys have learned about him,” said Mr. Hamilton.
“He shouldn’t shy away from that. He will learn from the experiences, as we all do.
“I have had years like that. He has had years of complete solidity like (mine) this year as well.
“I imagine next year he’s going to be coming back guns blazing, but I don’t feel there’s anything I can’t achieve if I put the work in.”
Mr. Hamilton said he could not know whether his own performances created pressure under which Mr. Vettel cracked, but said it was always the aim to take advantage of any small weaknesses presented by his rivals.
“Pressure points, weak points – you just keep your foot down, keep the pressure on and when the other shows no sign of weakness that’s definitely difficult,” Mr. Hamilton added.
Champion contenders capitalize on the small differences, and that is what makes the difference, that is really how it was in the Y 2017 F1 season.
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