World Champion Sebastian Vettel responds to Lewis Hamilton's post-Korea comments
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 10/10/13 4:40pm
World Champion Sebastian Vettel has denied that he has made F1 boring and predictable following criticism from Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking after immediately the Korean GP, a frustrated Hamilton drew an unflattering comparison between Vettel's current dominance and the era of Michael Schumacher which he said put him to sleep.
On Tuesday, Hamilton sought to diffuse his comments by publishing a series of tweets in which he hailed his Red Bull rival as a "great champion".
Pressed for his response to those remarks in Thursday's Drivers' Press Conference, Vettel thanked Hamilton for the praise and said there was growing respect between them.
But the German was less forthcoming on claims that he is making F1 "predictable", arguing that Red Bull's current level of superiority was not on a par with the advantage that Schumacher and Ferrari held.
"It's very different," he countered. "There was one race in Singapore which was an exception, but if you take Korea the gap was between three and ten seconds for the whole race. If you look at ten years ago, the gap was thirty to sixty seconds - which is a big difference."
Vettel will win this year's World Championship - and a fourth in a row - on Sunday if he wins the Japanese GP and Fernando Alonso, his closest challenger in the standings, finishes ninth or lower.
"Obviously it could happen," acknowledged Vettel to Sky Sports News, "but it is not just dependent on us. We will try to do our bit and then we will see what happens.
"It would be very special to do it here. It's a fantastic track and one of the tracks that I love the most. But our target is just to win the championship and not to win it in a particular place."