Mexican Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel feels Lewis Hamilton deserved to win title after overall performance
Vettel said, “But I don’t fear him(Hamilton). I like racing against him and I just wish I could have done more of it this year, but overall they (Mercedes) were the better bunch.'
Mexico City: Sebastian Vettel insisted he has no fear of Lewis Hamilton who on Sunday equalled his mark of four world drivers titles.
The German finished fourth for Ferrari in the Mexican Grand Prix after an opening lap collision with Hamilton, who finished ninth for Mercedes.
Dutchman Max Verstappen won the race for Red Bull.
“I am disappointed, obviously,” said Vettel. “But it is not that important.
“It is more important to say well done to Lewis who has deserved the title and done such a superb job all year.”
Wearing dark glasses, the deflated Vettel hugged Hamilton and congratulated him personally in the post-race interviews pen.
“Yes, all congratulations to him. It’s his day today. He deserved it.”
Asked how he rated Hamilton in the pantheon of champion drivers, Vettel said. “Well, he’s up there with four titles so he deserves it, if you can count!”
He added, “But I don’t fear him. I like racing against him and I just wish I could have done more of it this year, but overall they (Mercedes) were the better bunch."
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Vettel, who is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of the season and facing an uncertain future, had said on Thursday he would say yes to a Red Bull drive if one was offered.
Formula 1 2020, Austrian GP: Lando Norris' solid performance to Ferrari's struggle, talking points from race
There were several narratives in play through the 71 laps of Austrian GP, especially for drivers chasing victory, we bring you the biggest talking points from the race
There will be no fans in Austria, no sponsors, no hospitality units or VIPs and no socialising between teams within a paddock ‘bubble’ where safe spacing and face masks are the ‘new normal’ and everything will take a little longer.